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Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Peacock Flower ‘Pink’)

Life: Perennial

Size: 4-8'

Light: Full Sun

Water: Average, Well-Drained

Soil: Any

An absolutely gorgeous, incredibly showy bloomer! It certainly lives up to its name, with flowers as beautiful as any peacock's feathers. They are bowl-shaped, 2-3" across, with five crinkled pink petals edged in pale yellow and ten long, promenent stamens, borne in clusters 8-10" tall. The bloom season lasts nearly year round in the tropics, but here in Texas it is normally restricted to late summer and fall, before frosts; the plant is tender to cold and is believed to come from the West Indies and tropical Americas. The leaves are also interesting, being fern-like. Do be careful, however, as the stems, branches and petioles are all armed with sharp spines.