Winter hardy to USDA Zones 9-11 where it is easily grown in medium moisture, fertile, well drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade, but best flowers occur in full sun.
Common name: peacock flower Color: Orange-yellow with red stamens Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer Height: 10.00 to 20.00 feet Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care You can plant them either in containers or in the ground where you want them to grow about ½ inch deep in moist soil. Keep soil moist but do not saturate. Answer: I recommend that you wait until after the first freeze and then cut the Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) back to the ground.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
The soil for Pride of Barbados plants does not have to be especially fertile or high in organic matter.
Poor sandy soils are fine for this plant.
Soil pH can be acidic, neutral or alkaline.
Good drainage is extremely important, though.
The water must drain quickly away from the root zone.
Pride of Barbados plants should be watered deeply once or twice each week for the first year or two after planting.
Once the plants become well established, they are highly drought-tolerant and should not need supplemental water but, for best growth and blooming, water them during prolonged droughts.
Special Feature: Hedge, screen background. In Hawaii, flowers are sometimes used in leis. Use Medicinal use:
Plants belonging to the family Leguminoceae have wide folklore medicinal uses.
Caesalpinia pulcherrima Swartz vernacularly known as Guletura is widely distributed in India and its leaves, flower, bark, and seeds are used in Indian medicine.
The plant is considered as a tonic, stimulant, and emmenagogue.
Note: for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.