Pride of Barbados
"The National Flower of Barbados"
is the Pride of Barbados plant and why is it important to my island?
The flower that this Barbados plant bears is the national flower of the
island. If you take a look at the Barbados Coat of Arms you will see a
golden shield bearing two of these flowers.
This flower can also be seen on The Royal Standard of Barbados.
This is the personal flag of Barbados of Queen Elizabeth The
is the scientific name of this plant?
The true scientific name of this
plant is "Caesalpinia
Pulcherrima". The plant is also
called the Dwarf Poinciana or Barbados Flowerfence.
The Pride of Barbados Tree
What type of tree is it?
Barbados plant is an evergreen shrub.
do the leaves of the plant look like?
The leaves of the plant are green
in colour and oval in shape. They usually grow to be about 9
inches in length.
tall does the tree grow?
The tree grows fairly fast and can
be up to 12 feet tall and
spread 10 feet wide. The top of the tree is round in
with wide spreading branches. The stems and branches of the
also have sharp thorns or spines.
the plant grow fruit?
The plant does bear a type of pod
shaped fruit that is about 5
inches in length. These pods are brown in colour and feel
hard. They are not edible so please don't try to eat them.
The Pride of Barbados Flower
How often does the tree blossom
tree blossoms all year round making it a great addition to any
garden. The flowers have bright scarlet
petals with yellow borders.
colour are the flowers of this plant?
The flowers are usually a
combination of red, orange and yellow.
However the more rare tree bearing pink flowers does exist.
does the pink pride of Barbados look like?
The pink species of the flower is
even more beautiful than its more common red, orange or yellow counter
Here is a picture of the pink flower in all its glory.....
Propagating Pride of Barbados Seeds
do I grow this plant?
This plant is propagated by seeds and before planting you should soak
them in hot water overnight. They should then be planted in
aerated soil that allows for drainage.
If you do not plant the tree in well draining soil mushroom root rot
will likely occur! If possible it is also a good idea to use clay or
loam soil which can either be acidic or alkaline.
can I get seeds from?
You can purchase Caesalpinia Pulcherrima
seeds online from Ebay
for under $9.99 USD.
Taking Care Of The Pride of Barbados
type of climate does the tree like to grow in?
plant grows in Barbados because it loves the sun and can grown in very
dry soil. This is due to the trees great heat and drought
resistant features. During our dry season we can go for weeks without
rain, but this has no effect on the plant.
do I take care of this Barbados plant?
you want to grow one of these plants care is very
the plant likes the sun it should be planted away from shade
direct exposure to the sun.
The branches of the
tree will begin to fall to the floor as it grows. You
need to prune them. Tipping the branches will also help more
flowers to blossom. The branches have thorns so care should
taken whenever you handle the plant.
In addition the plant is not affected by many pests.