The Peacock Flowers (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) are very easy to grow. Five or six corms can be planted in a quart plastic container in early June and grown anywhere, provided there is full sun. By mid-July, handsome clumps of swordlike, mid-green leaves will have developed. Irislike leaves grow to about 2 feet long on 3-foot stalks.
In August there will be magnificent, six-petaled, star-shaped, fragrant white flowers with dark burgundy throats. Each flowering stem consists of 6 – 8 flowers arranged in a loose spike.
The fragrance alone is enough reason to grow this plant. The flowers open in the evening, perfuming the garden with their delightful scent.
- Other names: Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados
- Synonyms: Caesalpinia pulcherrima
- Family: Fabaceae
- Native to: Tropics and subtropics of the Americas
- Joe Eck, Wayne Winterrowd – Our Life In Gardens
- Allan M. Armitage – Herbaceous Perennial Plants
- Beth Hanson, Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Summer-Blooming Bulbs: Scores of Spectacular Bloomers for Your Summer Garden