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Plant Identification: Is this a tropical plant?

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itismefl
Lakeland Highlands, FL

April 29, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9500846

My neighbor has one of these he started from seed - he was told that someone from India passed along the seeds, but we can not find any info on this plant, but it is gorgeous. Its growing in central Florida.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2013
6:02 AM

Post #9500856

Try 'Pride of Barbados', tho I am kinda guessing really.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2013
6:15 AM

Post #9500872

Caesalpinia gilliesii

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2013
6:15 AM

Post #9500873

i believe it's this one: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2120/

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2013
6:51 PM

Post #9501884

Ahem I think I was darn close for someone who can't grow those things!

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 29, 2013
6:59 PM

Post #9501901

IT may be tropical but it is also very hardy and one of the few plants I can grow here in the lower mountain deserts of California (snows here!)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2013
7:04 PM

Post #9501916

It would certainly turn heads here- I've never seen it. here, only in CA, and maybe it was TX
Thanks for the report palm bob.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2013
7:10 PM

Post #9501922

It might not be hardy in MD z7a but I've grown it for many years in NC z7b. Maybe if you planted it close to your house on the south side you might be able to get a sufficiently warm micro-climate with some winter protection?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2013
7:14 PM

Post #9501929

I have a spot which is probably zone 8- south facing wall. I'd feel pretty confident trying it there.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2013
7:22 PM

Post #9501939

Go for it. Here's a pic of mine from May 2012. :-)

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OldWrangler
Spring, TX

April 29, 2013
7:26 PM

Post #9501943

These grow like weeds and re just about as invasive. I have to mow some of them or they would take over my back yard. Needless to say, they grow great in zone 9A and they love the sun. Even 100 degree days don't bother it.
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2013
10:05 PM

Post #9502110

They grow here in central California.
I think the flowers are unusual enough to call it tropical in effect, but the leaves are not.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 29, 2013
10:27 PM

Post #9502123

too marginal here to be invasive. Good choice for xericlandscaping.

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