Saturday, October 13, 2012


I stopped to get gasoline this week AND while my little truck was sucking up all my money I noticed a beautiful plant growing in the median strip on the street in San Dimas.  It was so gorgeous, I had to take photos.  The common name is Poinciana or Red Bird Of Paradise.  The botanical name is Caesalpinia pulcherrima.  I was taught to say it; SAY-sal-PIN-e-ah.    This one was spectacular, about 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall.  It'll grow to about 10 and is native to the West Indies.  It blooms in Summer to Fall.  Here it is semi-evergreen, might lose it's leaves in winter depending on how cold we get.    None of my clients grow it.  It is a little uncommon here but stop-your-car-beautiful when you see it :-) 

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