Mexican Bird of Paradise
Mexican poinciana is found in Texas only in the extreme lower Rio Grande Valley. It is grown mainly for its highly fragrant, golden flowers in attractive racemes 3 to 6 inches long. It can grow to a tree of 15 feet in tropical regions, but north of its native range, it usually performs as an herbaceous perennial, growing to a 3 to the 6-foot shrub in a growing season. It is highly ornamental with its spectacular flowers and ferny foliage and thrives in heat, tolerating reflected heat that many flowering shrubs and trees cannot.
Height: 3’-6’ if grown north of Zone 9
Light: Full sun
Origin: Northern Mexico