Pride of Barbados plant

live_oak_lady(Zone 9)August 27, 2004

Today I climbed an 8 foot fence to get some seed pods from a gorgeous, blooming Pride of Barbados plant. It was about 10 feet high and half a block from St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The flowers were so intense in the sun I could not miss seeing it from the Avenue.

My question is---the seed pods are still half green; should they have remained on the plant until dry or will they be okay drying in my house?

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danbo(8b MS Coast)

I didn't realize they got that large here. I have one in a pot i bring in during the winter and had been thinking of planting in the yard.

I would let the seed pods turn brown.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2004 at 8:51AM
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soundgarden(z8/ New Orleans, La)

I had some beautiful seedlings that rotted and died a few months ago when we had all that rain.
I let them turn brown in a dry cool place and then winter sowed them.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2004 at 5:14PM
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serenoa(z8b, FL)

I have collected pods and seeds of various plants when they were still green. It is worth the try if you have only one chance. If the seeds are close to maturity, some should germinate. Some relatives of pride of Barbados germinate at a higher percentage when picked before they turned brown and dried out.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2004 at 7:41PM
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We just moved to the MS Gulf Coast from Georgetown in central Texas - zone 8a. Several neighbors had POBs in the ground that died back but survived the winters there. I think they're beautiful and would love to get one here.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2004 at 4:20PM
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live_oak_lady(Zone 9)

The first time I saw the bloom was a photo from a lady in Wimberly in central Texas. She has it in her butterfly garden. You can view her beautiful photo at It is worth the effort.
If it grows there, surely it must grow here in zone 9 in Louisiana. I am going to plant the seeds in the spring.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2004 at 4:38PM
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I believe these are also called Flamboyant plants, see "PARADISE FOUND" by Norman Winter pg. 27. I see these in the wild, I live in Vancleave,MS, around here mostly close to ditched. I don't know if they like moisture or just trying to evade the bush hog. I can get a ton of seed if any one would like some. I found that the seeds are hard to sprout and I noticed in Norman's book that he agreed and sugges the seeds be abraded. If I remember right the seeds are fairly small and would be a pain to abrade with sand paper. Any suggestions on that process?

    Bookmark   September 1, 2004 at 9:13AM
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They may need to go though cool stage to sprout some do like cannas.Maybe 2 or 3 weeks in the ice box but I am not sure just a thought I would like to have some too.Good luck JIM

    Bookmark   September 1, 2004 at 9:59PM
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live_oak_lady(Zone 9)

I hope to go into the city next week and I will knock on the door and ask the owner if I can have some of the seed pods. If I climb that fence again I might just break my neck--can't push my luck. And, I will share my seeds with those of you who want some.


    Bookmark   September 1, 2004 at 10:03PM
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seagrapes(z8b TX/Austin (Georgetown))

If the pods are mostly green, the seeds most likely will not sprout. Best to get brown pods, and scarify the seeds before planting. POB shouldn't need any cold treatment for the seeds to sprout, as they are somewhat tropical. They grow well here, but do freeze down nearly every year. Also, there are two forms, one with thorns and one with soft bristles. The thorny form is less cold hardy and will freeze to the ground at 30F. The bristly form will tolerate a few more degrees of frost, and is the commonly grown form here in TX. Great plant!!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2004 at 12:01AM
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We live in Dallas and bought a small plant 2 years ago in Austin. It did fine but that summer here didn't get all that hot and it only had one blossom before it turned cold. This summer it came back very well, we have 5 blossoms now and more to come. I just wish it wouldn't die back every year. I guess we could wrap it but as cold as it gets here, I doubt it would even survive that.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 2:12PM
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We have 2 in Lubbock and they do die back, but have always come back strong in the Spring. We would like to start some from seed, but could someone explain "scarify the seeds" to me?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2008 at 2:44PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

I checked out the photo. It is gorgeous! I would love some seed, but short of that, does anyone know the Latin name?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2008 at 11:12PM
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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima is the Latin name, aka, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, red bird of paradise, and so on and so on.


    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 10:56AM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Thanks, Steve!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 10:42PM
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