Recommended Temperature Zone: sunset: 12-16,18-23 USDA: 9-10
Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20°F (-7°C)
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Northeastern Mexico
Growth Habits: Evergreen large shrub or small tree, fast growing 10 to 15 feet (3-4.5 m) or more, 6 to 15 feet wide (1.8-4.5 m); bipinnate leaves with 5 or 7 pinnae, each with 4 or 5 pairs of leaflets; no spines
Watering Needs: Infrequent deep watering, needs good drainage
Mexican Birds of Paradise bloom all year except for coldest month. Seeds are toxic. Moderate littering.
Cultural Practices: Plant in spring 6 feet apart. Trim anytime for compactness.
Propagation: The Mexican Bird of Paradise has yellow fragrant flowers on 3 to 6 inches long racemes (7.5-15 cm), mostly in summer, but year around if the climate is favorable.