Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Pride of Barbados, Dwarf Poinciana, Peacock Flower

Pride of Barbados

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Common Names: Dwarf Poinciana, Peacock Flower

Light: Full Sun

Height: 4′ – 7′

Spacing/Spread: 4′ – 7′

Evergreen: No, plant is deciduous.

Color: Red/Orange flowers.

Interest: Summer to Fall.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: No, but particularly well adapted to central Texas and Austin.

Extra: Plant is deer resistant.

Wildlife habitat:

Features: A beautiful, unique looking large growing perennial. Showy Red/Orange blooms from summer to fall.

Austin Native Landscaping: “Pride of Barbados could quite easily become the pride of your landscape! The plant’s folliage is graceful and gentle, contrasting beautifuly with the huge bold and showy red blooms. We design Pride of Barbados in the back of our drought tolerant flower beds. The plant works by itself or planted a mass. Pride of Barbados will die to the ground during the winter but will happily return the following spring. Young and improperly installed plantings could unfortunately completely die during an especially hard winter. Remember to place the plant in full sun and provide ample space for it.”



Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Pronounced – ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Caesalpinia (Pronounced – ses-al-PIN-ee-uh)

Species: pulcherrima (Pronounced – pul-KAIR-ih-muh)

Propagation: Seeds.



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10 comments… add one
  • Suzie

    July 19, 2012, 10:44 pm

    It would be very helpful if you could include the watering requirements for each of your recommended species.
    We have a 5. 5 acres of land with only a small percentage in reach of a watering system – mostly around the house.

  • pat

    December 10, 2012, 8:35 am

    Any chance that you could sell several Pride of Barbados plants?

  • melissa Felts

    July 5, 2013, 10:48 am

    Can you possibly tell me where I can purchase a live Pride of barbados on-line? I can find and have ordered seeds, but would like a live specimen !
    Melissa Felts

  • Marci Robertson

    July 13, 2013, 9:47 am

    I have a plant that has never bloomed, but has been in a pot for about 3 years and pretty much neglected. Now it is tall and spindly…can i make cuttings from it and root them for new plants? Since it has never flowered, there are no seeds.

    • Reed

      April 12, 2016, 8:24 am

      My first thought is its probably not in full sun. Those plants REALLY like the heat and the sunshine.

      Try to transplant to a better spot.

      Thanks and good luck!

  • Laura Shaw

    August 10, 2016, 11:19 am

    I’ve successfully cultivated a small plant from seeds from the seed pods of a mature plant. The seeds were a couple of years old when I planted them, so I was pleasantly surprised when one sprouted. It’s about 11″ high and thriving in a very large pot on my full-sun, heat-throttled patio. This is about the time of year, August, when mature plants have ripening seed pods. Collect some seeds and try planting them in spring.

  • Betty Saenz EcoBroker®

    September 9, 2016, 2:26 pm

    Though not a Texas Native, this plant is very hardy and drought resistant. I have it in my front yard, a xeriscape that was featured in the Austin American Statesman. Pride of Barbados is a very showy and yet very easy plant.


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