Plant Care Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

About Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

The Pride of Barbados is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is a member of the Fabaceae or legume family. It is originally from Mexico and the Caribbean and has beautiful showy orange-red flowers, fern-like leaves, and prickles on its stems and branches. In the tropics, it may grow 15-20 feet tall and equally as wide. It's a deciduous shrub in zone 9 and perennial in zone 8.


Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Also known as

Dwarf Poinciana, Dwarf Poinciana, Poinciana, Peacock flower, Red bird of paradise, Mexican bird of paradise, Pride of barbados, Flos pavonis, Flamboyant-de-jardin and ʻohai aliʻi

How to care for Caesalpinia Pulcherrima


How often to water your Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Water needs for Caesalpinia Pulcherrima
0.5 cups
every 9

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Dwarf Poinciana in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Caesalpinia Pulcherrima: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Caesalpinia Pulcherrima: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Caesalpinia Pulcherrima after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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