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.
Had one of these 7 or more years ago, here in the Low Country of SC, zone 8. Either thru' lack of care or perhaps a particularly bad Winter I only got 2 blooming years out of it. Decided 3 years ago to try another. I now make sure to mulch heavily (like 6" or so) around the base after it goes dormant, and cut the old canes back after new growth resumes from the base in Spring. It takes a long time to restart but well worth the angst in waiting for it. I love it! and it's a guaranteed eye-catcher for all the golfers who come by my backyard. Last Winter was the worst in many years for cold temps and ick! conditions but it has come back very strongly. / tony (Posted on 7/23/2014 by Tony Borowiecki).
Keeping it short in FL
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 1/29/2011 by Nancy Fritz ).
Survived 7 degrees
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 5/25/2010 by Ann S.).
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