The daisy-like bush, Euryops are # 4 – top Ten Heat Resistant plants for my Arizona garden

Do you want a flowering plant that can take the hot heat and last through the winter?  Euryops is low maintenance and good on the budget!  I waited over a year before writing about this plant so I could document what animal/critters would eat our Euryops.

a shrub with daisy flowers in Arizona

Daisy like bush that is perennial

It is a pleasure to state Euryops are CRITTER proofNOT even the Javelina ate our daisy bushes!  Replacing desert plants can become costly; therefore this Euryops cultivar VIRIDIS rates HIGH on our list!

Euryops is a genus in the Asteraceae family -  Daisy family.  The Green leaved variety is Euryops pectinatus Viridis.  This robust heat resistant plant is native mostly to rocky sites in southern Africa.

yellow daisy flowers in Arizona

Euryops are heat resistant daisy like plants

They produce cheerful yellow daisy flower heads from fern-like foliage.  Euryops are perennial and a very hardy plant, bush or shrub.

heat resistant daisy bush

yellow daisy flower of the Euryops bush

When winter comes to the Arizona desert, our Euryops still look amazing while other desert plants go dormant.  This daisy bush is cold tolerant to 20 degrees F or -7 Celsius.   Planted in a sunny location is a key factor!

Yellow is the only flower color, but it’s a bright, sunny yellow bloom that enlivens your garden in the winter. :)

heat resistant arizona plants

Euryops look attractive next to our Brittlebush

Because Euryops are an evergreen, perennial plant they are an ideal choice for flower beds and borders.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.

**Euryops Viridis generally keep its deep green color leaves even in the heat of summer, although lower leaves may become brown and need to be removed.

drought tolerant arizona plant bush

yellow daisy blooms of the Euryops

Once the yellow flowers have faded, trim off the dried ones to help encourage the Euryops to produce more blooms!

Euryops will tolerate being cut back quite hard after flowering or if you want them to develop some height give them a light pruning.

heat and deer resistant

daisy like euryops bush

  • Water Needs — Water regularly; do not OVERWATER, **soaking well establishes deeper roots
  • Flowers are good for cutting and displaying in vases
  • Perennial and Evergreen
  • Suitable for growing in containers and pots

We had 2 healthy Euryops planted in large containers that died over this past winter.  The reason had to be that the location of our daisy shrub had a good deal of shade.  Lesson learned:  when planting Euryops pick an area with the most sun!

This happy plant tolerates drought well but doesn’t mind if it gets regular water.  The daisy blooms give personality to cacti in Xeriscape yards.  Euryops are frost tolerant down to USDA zone 8.

flowering plants in containers

grow Euryops in planters in sunny locations

Even without flowers, the feathery leaves of Euryops give the garden interest and a sense of lushness. The Viridis cultivar has deep green leaves, while the Euryops Munchkin cultivar has gray-green leaves.

desert winter plants bush

Euryops is animal, heat, and drought resistant

If you want to add color to your winter garden, consider Euryops!  This easy on your budget yellow daisy bush is hardy and flowers through winter while planted in a sunny location.

Propagation:

Euryops stem cuttings root reasonably easily. Summer is the best time to take cuttings.  You can also allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds.

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Small yellow flowering perennial tree, bush, shrub with round leaves – native Mexican Plants

What is the small tree with yellow flowers in Arizona and Texas?  Caesalpinia mexicana, Mexican Bird of Paradise is a flowering plant species in the pea family, Fabaceae. This drought tolerant, perennial tree is native to Mexico and the extreme lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Caesalpinia mexicana

Mexican Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia mexicana

All parts of this Mexican plant are poisonous.  The showy Mexican Bird of Paradise plants, shrubs thrive in dry conditions.  Once the roots are established, they are drought tolerant.  The yellow flowers attract hummingbirds!  

If you are looking for a small shade tree that is flowering and easy to care for;  the Mexican Bird of Paradise is the best small shade tree for your yard and a good choice for xeriscape desert gardens.

Caesalpinia mexicana, Mexican Poinciana, does best in full sun.  It is a perennial flowering tree that is drought and heat resistant with rounded leaves and spikes of solid yellow flower clusters.  The fragrant yellow flowers of this Bird of Paradise are very showy and will bloom throughout the year.  The USDA Hardiness Zone is 9.

Caesalpinia mexicana, Mexican Bird of Paradise Plant

leaves and yellow flowers of Caesalpinia mexicana, Mexican Plants

In the photo ABOVE see the rounded shape of the leaves and the yellow flowers.of the native Mexican Bird of Paradise.

The Red Bird of Paradise, - commonly but mistakenly called The Mexican Bird of Paradise, -  has Red, Orange and Yellow Flowers that are seen all over Phoenix, Tucson, Southern Arizona, California and Texas.  See the Picture below.

Red Bird of Paradise Orange Red Flowers

The Mexican Bird of Paradise bush can be pruned and trained into a small tree, see photo below.

Mexican Bird of Paradise tree, well pruned

Mexican Bird of Paradise, Caesalpinia mexicana

Yesterday in my travels through Tucson, AZ,  I noticed a Mexican Bird of Paradise small tree on a property that seemed abandoned.  It is unfortunate that this amazing native Mexican plant is not being treasured.  The good news is I noticed young bean pods that I will harvest when they ripen and dry.

PLANT AND GROW – How to grow bird of paradise plants, bushes, shrubs from Bean Pods 

Germinating the seeds for this Caesalpinia mexicana, Mexican Bird of Paradise, flowering tree will be easy!  I simply soak the seeds from the bean pods in water for 24 hours.  Many people use a damp paper towel.  If you are using the paper towel method to germinate your seeds, if a white shoot appears, plant it – white shoot facing DOWN.

peat pots

To plant and grow your bird of paradise – plant the seed in peat pots, barely cover it.  Cover the seeds lightly with damp vermiculite or your choice of a good soil.

vermiculite

Bird of Paradise seeds need at least 8 hours of sun, but not direct sun it will be too hot! You can start to give them a little more direct sun after the first leaves appear.

Peat Pots are great and make growing and transplanting your Mexican, Yellow or Red Bird of Paradise seedlings much easier. Start your seeds indoors and when you are ready to plant your Bird of Paradise just put the entire pot in the ground. Roots will penetrate the peat pot and the pot disintegrates enriching the soil.