This particular plant is called a Mexican Bird of Paradise and it is one of my favorites. The super bright red, yellow and orange colors of the flowers really pop against the green leaves and the neutral colors of the Sonoran Desert landscape.
The Mexican Bird of Paradise is a shrub that can grow up to 3 meters tall and since it is drought-tolerant, it does well in a desert setting. It is a perennial flowering plant, so there is not a lot of maintenance required, although you can prune it if so desired.
In addition to bringing some very interesting color and texture to the area in which it resides, the Mexican Bird of Paradise also attracts some great wildlife. In this photo, a butterfly has settled down on one of the blossoms. And, this plant is great for attracting another one of my favorite Scottsdale animals, the hummingbird.
Scottsdale, Arizona has some really lovely and unique flowers and shrubs and the Mexican Bird of Paradise is one of my favorites to enjoy.