Peacock Flower

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

This easy to grow shrub puts on a show from summer to fall with vibrant orange and red blooms. Delicate, fern-like foliage emerges from spiny stems and branches. Unique seed capsules ripen to expose small brown beans. A tough, drought tolerant specimen for mixed borders or massed as an informal hedge.
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8 - 11

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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, needs only occasional water.


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Botanical Pronunciationses-al-PIN-ee-uh pul-KAIR-ih-muh
Average Size at MaturityOpen habit, reaching 8 to 10 feet tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate summer to fall; nearly year-round in warm climates
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed & Yellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional water.

Provide well-drained soil. Evergreen in frost free climates, deciduous in zone 9, and a returning perennial in zone 8. Treat as an annual in colder climates. Responds well to pruning, and can be shaped as a tree or shrubby bush form.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11

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