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Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2011
6:08 PM

Post #8441674

Has anyone ever tried growing caesalpinia gilliesii - desert bird of paradise - in SC? I know this plant prefers arid, mediterranian climates, but on the plantfile page there are 2 reports - N. Augusta and Florence - of places in SC where it has been successfully grown. It's naturalized in parts of Oklahoma where temps last winter were below 0. I have some sandy areas in my yard where I'm hoping it could survive.
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2011
1:51 AM

Post #8444381

Don't know if this will help, but I grow C. mexicana and C. pulcherrima. I have very sandy soil and they don't need a lot of extra water.
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8446036

Thanks, Barb. They are related and I think my 'desert' bird of paradise would do well in my sandy backyard, especially since it's naturalized in humid E Texas. Now I need to shop the internet for seeds...
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2011
5:52 PM

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