Category: Perennials

flowering desert shrubs Mexican Bird of Paradise

Desert Bird of Paradise quick facts

Arizona’s well-known desert bird of paradise shrubs burgeon with vivid red flowers or delightful yellow blooms.  The red bird of paradise, Caesalpinia Pulcherrima, is our favorite and we have several constituting a border. This Red Bird of Paradise is a drought and heat tolerant shrub that relishes full sun with its lively red- orange flowers cultivating out […]

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purple flowering shrub

Is Purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant

Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage?  This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves and budding purple flowers is actually not sage at all. Rarely called Silverleaf, this popular bush is predominately specified as Texas Ranger Plant or Purple Texas Sage. Leucophyllum frutescens is the scientific name for this Sage Bush, and it is a […]

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desert bush with yellow flowers and bean pods

Bean pods on bushes with orange, yellow and red flowers – Growing tips

Using bean pods to grow your bird of paradise plants is uncomplicated and well worth the effort. Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Red Bird of Paradise, is a species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae, pea family. Other common names are Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, and flamboyan-de-jardin. This is especially […]

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Mandevilla growing up a trellis

Mandevilla on a Trellis – Arizona Desert Garden

The MANDEVILLA vine is growing well.  This Mandevilla plant is native to Central and South America – named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener. Mandevilla, also known as Brazilian jasmine, Dipladenia,  is a flowering tropical plant that originated in the hills above Rio de Janeiro. Mandevillas […]

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