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Caesalpinia pulcherrima

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Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) at A Very Successful Garden Center

Peacock Flower flowers

Peacock Flower flowers

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Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) at A Very Successful Garden Center

Peacock Flower foliage

Peacock Flower foliage

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Height:  15 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Barbados Pride, Paradise Flower, Poinciana

Description:

This tropical shrub or small tree produces spectacular upright racemes of luminous yellow, orange, and red blooms that are long lasting; graceful foliage creates a wonderful texture; perfect for patio containers, or near walkways

Features & Attributes

Peacock Flower's attractive tiny oval bipinnately compound leaves emerge light green, turning bluish-green in color throughout the year. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

This is an open multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its extremely fine and delicate texture is quite ornamental and should be used to full effect. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Peacock Flower can be expected to grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This houseplant requires direct sun for optimal performance, and should therefore be situated in a room that gets bright sunlight for a good part of the day; it is not a good choice for rooms lit only by artificial light. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

-- THIS IS A TROPICAL PLANT AND SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features