My latest love: the striking Mexican Bird of Paradise, (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), aka “flamboyan de jardin”. No kidding! We have a large specimen in our front yard along the adobe wall pictured below, as well as a smaller one in the east courtyard.
This inflourescent beauty is planted freely along the medians and main roads and maintained by the city of Tucson – what a gift! It’s one of the more popular heat-loving plants in many, many yards. When mature, the shrub can get 10 feet tall and wide. Flamboyant!
This photo gives you an idea of how large the individual flowers are: