Pride of Barbados Flowers Now Opening

Pride of Barbados

It’s one of my favorite days of the year when the Pride of Barbados (a.k.a. Red Bird of Paradise) flowers start to open in our courtyard. The flowers are a little late in opening this year, probably due to climate change a cooler than normal spring. The daytime temperatures are now regularly in the high 90’s to low 100’s and the flower buds on all three of my red bird shrubs in the courtyard are ready to go.

More about these flowering shrubs from Wikipedia:

Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a species of flowering plant in the pea family.

It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall. In climates with few to no frosts, this plant will grow larger and is semievergreen. Grown in climates with light to moderate freezing, plant will die back to the ground depending on cold, but will rebound in mid- to late spring. This species is more sensitive to cold than others. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–40 cm long, bearing three to 10 pairs of pinnae, each with six to 10 pairs of leaflets 15–25 mm long and 10–15 mm broad. The flowers are borne in racemes up to 20 cm long, each flower with five yellow, orange, or red petals. The fruit is a pod 6–12 cm long.

Caesalpina pulcherrima is the national flower of the Caribbean island of Barbados, and is depicted on the upper left and right corners of the Queen Elizabeth II’s personal Barbadian flag. Claire Waight Keller included pride of Barbados to represent the country in Meghan Markle’s wedding veil, which included the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country.

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3 Comments

  1. drjim said,

    June 8, 2019 @ 19:00:30

    We’ve been planting a lot the last couple of weeks. Our next door neighbor has huge beds of violets, and she and my wife dug some out and transplanted them over here, along with some bleeding hearts and bachelor buttons.

    Spring in the Rockies is really nice, once it gets here!

  2. Damsel said,

    June 8, 2019 @ 21:16:58

    Sounds wonderful, also it sounds like your settling in nicely. Take more pictures.

  3. drjim said,

    June 8, 2019 @ 22:16:52

    I’ll try and snap some tomorrow if it isn’t raining.

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