How to Grow Caesalpinia Pulcherrima As House Plant


Caesalpinia pulcherrima, commonly called red bird of paradise or peacock flower, is a tropical plant native to the West Indies. It has fern-like foliage and showy, unusual looking flowers in a variety of colors, including red, orange and pink. Caesalpinia pulcherrimais is hardy only in USDA Zones 8 to 11 and must be grown indoors in all other areas. It is not a very fussy plant and will do well as long as its light and moisture requirements are met.

Step 1

Fill a growing container within 1 inch of the rim with potting soil. The container must have drainage holes in the bottom to keep the plant from remaining too moist.

Step 2

Plant caesalpinia pulcherrima at the same level it was originally growing. Water the plant until the soil is very moist to the touch. Place the container in a location that receives bright sunlight the majority of the day.

Step 3

Water the plant whenever the top of the soil feels dry. Avoid adding small bits of water at a time. Soak the plant thoroughly at each watering.

Step 4

Fertilize once each month with water-soluble fertilizer.

Step 5

Remove the flowers as they fade. Prune the plant back as necessary to control shape and size.

Tips and Warnings

  • Caesalpinia pulcherrima is believed to be poisonous so take the proper precautions if you share your home with young children. Do not place caesalpinia pulcherrima in a location where it can be bumped into, as it is covered in sharp thorns.

Things You'll Need

  • Growing container
  • Potting soil
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • University of Arizona Extension: Caesalpina Pulcherrima
  • Floridata: Caesalpinia Pulcherrima
  • Plant Care: Barbados Pride, Mysore Thorn, Peacock Feather
  • Back Yard Gardener: Caesalpinia Pulcherrima

Who Can Help

  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
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