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Commonly known as Bird of paradise shrub
Large erect racemes of up to 40 individual yellow flowers with scarlet stamens. Needs frost protection except in the mildest locations
Evergreen - mid- to dark-green 2 pinnate leaves to 20cm (8in) long with many oblong leaflets.
Red - scarlet stamens
Yellow - yellow flowers
Height - 2-3m (6-10ft)
Spread - 1-2.5m (3-8ft)
Tall Shrub - erect to spreading shrub or small tree. Produces flowers to 3.5cm (1½in) across in erect racemes 15-30 (6-12in) long.
Heated greenhouse - warm temperate - Can be grown outside in summer. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 5°C (41°F)
Additional Features - Good to know - syn. Poinciana gilliesii (bird of paradise shrub). Not related to the bird of paradise genus Strelitzia
Pests & Diseases - red spider mite, whitefly, mealybugs.
Place of origin - Uruguay, Argentina.
Flower Shape - Racemes
Hardiness - Tender (greenhouse & conservatory)
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - loam-based compost (JI No. 3) under glass with added leaf mould. Full light.
Caesalpina gilliesii - Care Guide
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5
Max/Min Digital Thermometer
Thermometer which displays current temperature in the centre, with Max above and min below. Suitable for use outdoors or in the greenhouse / conservatory. With batteries included