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anyone growing Caesalpinia pulcherrima??

Posted by busyasabee 7MD (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 22, 12 at 8:39

Also known as Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)....it's a tropical plant. I saw pic of it and was enamored with the beautiful vibrant colors. I was wondering if anyone has tried growing this in Maryland (zone7a)? would love to try it for next year.

Jette


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RE: anyone growing Caesalpinia pulcherrima??

That species isn't hardy (although it might have survived last winter, which was the mildest in 20 years). Caesalpinia gilliesii is generally zn 7 hardy in a well-drained, sunny spot, but tends to be short-lived wherever it is grown, even in mild climates like California. Expect it to last 5-7 years at most. It is probably easy to start from seeds although I have not tried it myself.
You could try C. pulcherrima in a pot but that may not give satisfying results.


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