Pride of Barbados – plant for lots of color!

Pride of Barbados

 

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Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, is an excellent selection for a burst of orange and red color in most any garden or landscape.  The Pride of Barbados is a drought tolerant, easy, low maintenance selection for any gardener or home owner.  Although not a native, it has adapted rather well to our Austin, Texas climate.   Butterflies, bees and the occasional hummingbird are attracted to the showy blooms.  Right now, (the month of May) you can see signs of these plants beginning to bloom all over town.  They have e along bloom span lasting late spring thru summer.  When not blooming, they are a smaller leafed plant getting to be anywhere depending on age from 3 feet by 3 feet to 6 feet by 6 feet.  When planting, as with any plant, you want to make sure you have proper drainage to prevent the roots from sitting in water especially with all the recent rains we have had here as of late-  Hasn’t that been wonderful!  The Pride of Barbados will die down each year and come back bigger and fuller year to year when planted properly.  It loves full sun and as a result is a perfect choice for Austin’s hot summer sun.  If you have a spot that isn’t quite full sun all day, as long as it has sun the majority of the day in the afternoons, it should be fine.

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