Saturday, June 26, 2010

Red Bird Of Paradise

Red Bird Of Paradise, originally uploaded by angryparsnip.

I think everyone knows what the Hawaiian Bird Of Paradise looks like.

Well, this is the Bird Of Paradise that I grew up with looks like.
It's name is the Red Bird of Paradise.
Many people call it the Mexican Bird Of Paradise but that plant has a
soft yellow bloom with bigger leaves and can grow much taller.

In the hot Arizona summer you will see the Red Bird Of Paradise
blooming every where. I have several on my land and want to plant more.

The City Of Tucson has used it to landscape many road dividers .
You will be driving down a street and be astounded by a mass of green,
red and yellow.
The leaves are quite delicate looking almost fern like and very very
green !
A cool oasis for the eyes, much need in the hot Arizona temperatures.

it's hot . . . parsnip
music . . . Mad World, Tears For Fears


  1. that's GORGEOUS! i don't think i've ever seen it before and i have been to tucson many times! xoxoxo

  2. You have some gorgeous pictures on this blog. How have I been missing it?

  3. I love the red and orange yes, but I think the most intriguing thing is the zig-zag shape of the leaves. A very cool plant--and new to me.

  4. savannah...
    I really like this plant and my Mum did too. Every time I see one I think of her.
    Where you here in the summer ? that is when they plump up and bloom... I cut mind back but even if you don't they just look a bush till the summer. Maybe that is why you missed it.

    Pat ...
    That red is really red and the farther away you are it blends with the yellow to make a brilliant orange

    Carol ...
    Thank You for stopping by. With a zillion blogs out in blogland a miss is easy.
    I have been to your blog but like with Kim Ayres blog I don't always comment. I like reading for awhile.
    I hope your book is progressing.

    Joanna ...
    I too love the leaves. One of my posts to be, will have a picture of the leaves because I think they are so sculptural but dainty too.

  5. Stunning flower and I love the fern-like foliage. They do look pretty in the city landscaping. Lovely picture.

  6. Diane AZ...
    We are lucky to have such great colors here, it must be the light !