This Cream Pride of
Barbados variety is the rarest of the Pride of Barbados varieties.
pulcherrima is a
species of flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the
tropics and subtropics of the Americas. This is the national flower of the most
eastern Caribbean island territory Barbados. Common names for this
species include Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Red Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird
of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, and flamboyan-de-jardin. It is
a drought tolerant plant and thus has low water needs.
The juice from the leaves
is said to cure fever, the juice from the flower is said to cure sores, and the
seeds are said to cure bad cough, breathing difficulty, and chest pain.
seeds are harvested locally here in Barbados and are available all year round.
and soak in warm water overnight. Sow seeds at 1 inch in a good potting mix and
keep mix moist.