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Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Pride of Barbados)

Life: Perennial

Size: 4-8'

Light: Full Sun

Water: Average, Well-Drained, Drought Tollerant Once Established

Soil: Any

An absolutely gorgeous, incredibly showy bloomer! The flowers are bowl-shaped, 2-3" across, with five crinkled red petals edged in bright 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. It often freezes to the ground, but will bounce back quickly in the spring. The leaves are also interesting, being fern-like.