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Caesalpinia pulcherrima 'Rubra' - Red Pride of Barbados - 10 Seeds
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Caesalpinia pulcherrima 'Rubra' - Red Pride of Barbados - 10 Seeds


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Caesalpinia pulcherrima 'Rubra' - Pride of Barbados

This listing is for 10 seeds of the red flowered form of this strikingly beautiful shrub, which may be pot grown either as a large ornamental shrub or trained as a bonsai. It can also be grown in the open in many areas.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a species of flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is 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. Common names for this species include Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Red Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, and flamboyant-de-jardin. The Hawaiian name for this plant is ʻOhai Aliʻi.

It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall. In climates with little to no frosts, this plant will grow larger and is semi-evergreen. Grown in climates with light to moderate freezing, plant will die back to the ground depending on cold, but will re-bound in mid to late spring. This species is more sensitive to cold than others. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–40 cm long, bearing 3-10 pairs of pinnae, each with 6-10 pairs of leaflets 15–25 mm long and 10–15 mm broad. The flowers are borne in racemes up to 20 cm long, each flower with five yellow, orange or red petals, we stock all 3 varieties, this is the red flowered one. The fruit is a pod 6–12 cm long.

C. pulcherrima is the most widely cultivated species in the genus Caesalpinia. It is a striking ornamental plant, widely grown in domestic and public gardens in warm climates with mild winters, and has a beautiful inflorescence in yellow, red and orange. Its small size and the fact that it tolerates pruning well allows it to be planted in groups to form a hedgerow; it can be also used to attract hummingbirds.

In temperate areas with frost, grow in containers to be overwintered under cover or wrap the plant well with horticultural fleece and mulch the base well. If the weather does cut the plant back to the ground, it will re-grow with considerable vigour from the base and will flower reliably during the warmer months.

Growing instructions can be found at this link. General cultivational instructions for all of our plants can be found here.

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