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Parrot's Beak

Parrot's Beak (Clianthus puniceus) puts on a spectacular show of exotic blooms that look like tropical bird bills!  Parrot's Beak is an easy-to-grow bush that grows 4 to 8 feet tall and wide.  Throughout Spring, it becomes loaded with big, 3-inch, bright-pink blooms that dangle like earrings from pretty, fern-like foliage.  The plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds - as well as children, who like to feel the thick, waxy blooms resembling pink flamingos!  This is an endangered species that is close to extinction in its homeland of New Zealand.

Clianthus puniceus

Parrot's Beak is an evergreen, perennial bush with arching, wooden branches.  It does best with temperatures above freezing, although it reportedly can take brief dips down to 22 degrees F (-5C).  If you are not in Zones 8b through 11, simply grow it in a pot and move it indoors for the winter, pruning it to any size that is convenient.  It prefers mostly sunny conditions, although some afternoon shade may be needed in warmer areas.  The plant is happiest below 85 degrees (29C) and might decline in consistently hot temperatures, especially if nights are warm.

Parrot's Beak Clianthus

Clianthus puniceus

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