This highly-ornamental summer flowering herbaceous perennial attracts all the neighbors' attention as well as butterflies and hummingbirds. Produced all summer long, the showy red flowers are held above lacy blue-green foliage. Requires heat and a sunny location to perform at its best.
This Caesalpinia is susceptible to shipping shock, where the leaves sometimes turn yellow and fall off during or just after the shipping process. However the plants tend to recover quickly if watered well and given a little time. Do not panic if your plant arrives with yellow leaves.
Also plant as early in the summer season as possible to get it well established before the onset of winter. In all climates it is recommended to mulch heavily the the first winter and in marginal climates it may need to be mulched heavily every winter.
Notes and observations about this plant
- Keeping it short in FL by Nancy Fritz
- I live in SW FL zone 9.75 and i cut this shrub down to 1' as the growing season begins and it is great because I can then use it closer to the front of the garden to see the flowers. Otherwise I would have to move it towards the back since it grows about 15' around here. (Posted on 1/29/11)
- Survived 7 degrees by Ann S.
- I live in zone 8a in central Texas and I have had two of these trees for approximately 15 years. I was worried about them this winter because it got down to 7 degrees here; however, they are putting out new growth. They are so pretty in the summer - their orange blooms just glow. (Posted on 5/25/10)