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Subtropical / Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)

Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
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A very graceful species with pinnate leaves that close in the evening and that has red-yellow flowers which are followed by pods with red hairs. Minimum temperature -5 degrees.

Expected processing time

2 days

€ 3,00
Price per 5 seeds


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Common name:
Desert Bird of Paradise / Bird of Paradise bush

Argentina and Uruguay

The desert bird of paradise originates from Argentina and Uruguay, but now also grows in other parts of South America and in countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Especially the flowers with yellow petals and long, red stamens are attractive, as well as the pinnate leaves which gracefully close in the evening. The pods are covered with red hairs and are poisonous. In the Amazon, the pods and seeds are used against fever and other diseases/medical issues. In a sheltered spot, the species could possibly be winter-hardy in Western Europe. The plant loses it leaves at frost.

Germination instructions:
First soak the seeds overnight in lukewarm water. Then sow them in sowing mix and let them germinate at 25degC. Germination can occur in less than a week.

Sowing time:
All year round

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Photo 2: Javier Martin

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Steffen - 18-06-2021 12:38

Kiemen makkelijk en snel. Van de 6 zaadjes zijn er 5 gekiemd waarvan 1 plantje het helaas niet gered heeft. De overige 4 groeien na het kiemen zeer snel.

Karin - 10-02-2021 14:19

Na 4 dagen de eerste kiemer, nu afwachten of de rest ook nog volgt

Richard adriaansen - 05-01-2021 22:48

Vrij makkelijk gekiemt, binnen 5 dagen alle zes..Deze kiemt sneller en groter dan de Ceasalpinia Pulcherima Rosea.

Marie - 09-06-2020 20:38

Na een paar dagen al kwam er 1 plantje naar boven. De rest is niet uitgekomen (na een maand). Het zaadje dat het wel gehaald heeft doet het heel goed. Hele leuke bladeren die 's nachts inklappen en als het licht wordt weer uitklappen.

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