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I first came across this amazing shrub growing wild on the cliffside in La Gomera (Canary Islands). I have since seen it grown as a cultivated shrub in La Gomera, Madeira and Lanzarote. I live in Blackpool so I don't think it would survive outside, but is it possible to buy it as a house plant?

On plant Caesalpinia pulcherrima



Hallo Lorna - and welcome to GOY. I've looked your plant up on the RHS Plantfinder, and there are three mail order Nurseries listed. Here are their details.

Cross Common Nursery
Helston, Cornwall
TR12 7PD

The Old Walled Garden
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 8XP

Wadhurst, East Sussex

I hope this helps, and that one of them has one for you. Good luck.

24 Apr, 2010


Not sure, but it is a tree, so probably wouldn't be long before it outgrew your home. It is said it may tolerate temperatures down to -10C for very short periods, but grown in Zone 8 (which is most of Britain) will only ever be a deciduous tree, and may be killed back to the base each year.

24 Apr, 2010

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