Pride of Barbados
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Pride of Barbados is an evergreen shrub or small tree in frost-free climates, a deciduous shrub in zone 9 (Rio Grande Valley), a returning perennial in zone 8 (South Central Texas–San Antonio), and an annual in North and West Texas. Pride–of–Barbados dies to the ground following frost or freezing temperatures, but in zone 8b (South Central Texas) it comes back reliably in the middle of spring.
The leaves are fernlike. Pride–of–Barbados has incredibly showy blossoms of orange and red. The individual flowers are bowl-shaped, 2–3 inches across, with five crinkled, unequal red and orange petals, and ten prominent bright red stamens.
Individual flowers are borne in large terminal panicles from mid to late summer (depending on the size of transplant used) and fall. It is a fast-growing plant especially when the temperatures are hot and in full sun to partial shade (it blooms best in full sun). It is moderately tolerant of salty conditions and is extremely drought tolerant.
The striking orange and red flowers are an attention grabber!
Exposure: Full sun
Size: Height – 8 to 12 feet
Plant Type: Summer annual, perennial, or woody shrub depending upon the severity of winter temperatures
Planting time: Spring to early summer
Soil type: This plant is very easy to grow in alkaline to acidic, well-drained soils
Special notes: Plants tolerate very high temperatures and drought, but do not tolerate poorly drained soils; Pride–of–Barbados is best grown in raised beds in humid climates
For further information: The Pride–Of–Barbados Becomes The Pride–Of–Texas!