Caesalpinia pulcherrima – Pride of Barbados – 5 Seeds
Pride of Barbados
Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a species of flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, native to the tropics and subtropics of the Americas. It could be native to the West Indies, but its exact origin is unknown due to widespread cultivation.
8-14″ spiked clusters of up to 40 pinkish-red ball-like buds open to yellow butterfly-like blooms, then fade to a deep orange and gold, and finally turning to a deep reddish-orange to red. This large growing shrub to shrub-like perennial makes a fantastic show throughout summer. Give it plenty of room and a well-drained, moderately fertile soil, preferably in full sun. Butterfly and hummingbird magnet!
Pride of Barbados is a heat and sun loving plant suitable for many of the toughest garden locations. Well established plants are known to return from their roots if frozen to the ground in 9A and the warmest portions of 8B so long as they are mulched and provided a protected winter location. A Texas Superstar selection.
Note: Caesalpinias have a tendency to drop their foliage during shipment and it is not uncommon for leaflets or entire leaves to turn yellow. So long as they are provided with plenty light and appropriate moisture upon receipt they should recover and begin to grow fairly quickly.
Grows To: 7-15’H x 8-12’W, 4-6’H x 4-6’W as a die-back perennial.
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade
Indoor Light: Direct sun to very high light if overwintering indoors.
pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline
Soil & Moisture: Excellent drainage, moderately fertile soils, preferably in full sun.
Salt Tolerance: Aerosol-Moderate
Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Native To / Origin: W Indies