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Caesalpinia pulcherrima Mexican Flame, Mexican Peacock flower

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima Mexican Flame
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Mexican Peacock flower
Origin: Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersIrritatingAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This variety of caesalpinia has very bright flowers turning from yellow to red - with yellow, orange and red flowers in the same bunch. The stem is covered with soft thorns that feel like feather. Medium size shrub or samll tree, perfect for small yards or patio. It is moderately tolerant of salty conditions. Peacock flower benefits from pruning, and can be shaped to tree form or shrubby bush form. The striking orange red flowers are an attention grabber! Use peacock flower as a specimen or in a mixed shrub border. It has an open, spreading habit and the branches sometimes get too long for their own good and break off. Still, a line of peacock flowers makes a showy fine-textured screen or informal hedge. You can cut peacock flowers to the ground in late winter or early spring to get a bushier, more compact shrub.

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