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red bird of paradise
Common, strikingly beautiful shrub with intense orange and red flowers. Young seeds are edible (remove seed coating before eating) and taste like peas (plant is in pea family). NOTE: Its close relative, Caesalpinia gilliesii (Yellow bird of paradise), is also a common landscape plant and can be distinguished by its yellow flowers with long red stamens. The seeds of that bird of paradise are poisonous and cause severe irritation of the digestive tract! Medicine men use it, but normal people should leave it alone.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz