CAESALPINIA cacalaco “Cascalote”
One of the showiest of the Caesalpinias. Shrubby tree to 50′ with grey bark and armed with spikelets. Its 4″ fruits and the seeds are edible. The bark has been used as a toothache remedy and the wood makes good charcoal. Produces large yellow flowers in long racemes. For hot, warm zones 9 – 10.Plant at 3/4″ depth in well draining soil mix. Keep warm, damp and in bright light. 10 seeds per packet.
CAESALPINIA Gilliesi “Bird of Paradise shrub”
This srubby native of Argentina is desirable tropical tree to 8′ with fern-like foliage admired for its yellow flowers and long red stamens. It is laden with numerous very small leaflets. May be grown indoors with warmth and bright light. Pre-soak the seeds for 24 hours. Plant at 1″ depth in well draining soil mixture and keep warm, damp and in very bright light.
Attractive shrubby tree to 30?. Alternate leaves, 2 pinnate. Produces bright yellow flowers in pannicles. 10 seeds per packet.
CAESALPINIA pulcherrima “Mexican Red Bird of Paradise”
Also known as Dwarf Poinciana. A beautiful red flowering shrub to 6 having delicate mimosa-like leaves. Known in some tropical regions as “Flame tree” or “Flamboyant”. Immediately recognized by anyone that has been in the tropics. Fast growing. Hardy in zones 9 – 11. Heat and drought resistant. Soak the seeds overnight in a cup of hot water. Plant at a depth of 1″ using well draining soil mix. Keep damp, warm and in bright light. Fertilize monthly.
CAESALPINIA pulcherrima flava “Yellow Bird”
Very showy with bright yellow flowers. Grows to 8′. Must be grown in warm zones or in tropical greenhouse. Plant at 1″ depth using well draining soil mixture. Keep warm, damp, and in bright light with high humidity.
CAJANUS cajan “Pigeon Pea”
A shrubby annual from India. May grow to 7′. Not ideal for food consumption. Its main uses are wood products, shade, wind break and enrichment of soil through symbiotic nitrogen fixation. 10 seeds per packet.
CALLIANDRA eriophylla “Fairy Duster”
Handsome small shrub-like tree that grows to 4′ known for its fuzzy pink-red flowers and delicate feathery leaves. For warm zones. Fast germinating from seed. Flowering in Spring and fall. May also be grown indoors in sunny location. Plant at 1/2″ depth using soil mixture. Keep lightly moist, warm and in bright light. 10 seeds per packet.
CALLISTEMON citrinus “Red Bottlebrush”
Its narrow silver-green leaves are lemon scented. Known as a decorative 6′ outdoor shrub with bright red stamens. For warm zones. Seeds are very small and are sown on the soil surface to germinate. Sow the small seeds onto the surface of well draining soil mixture. Keep warm, lightly moist and in bright light. 15 seeds per packet.
CALYCANTHUS chinensis “Chinese allspice”
A shrubby ornamental to 9′ that can grow from zones 6 to 9. Produces large 4″ saucer shaped flowers with yellow centers and white petals turning pink to cream. Its 4″ ovate leaves are rough on surface. Grows in filtered sunlight. In semi-shaded area plant in soil mixture at 3/4″ depth. Keep damp, and in bright light. 10 seeds per packet.
CAMPSIS radicans “Trumpet Vine”
Bright orange trumpet shaped flowers cover this vigorous vine. With its pinnate foliage it presents a tropical effect yet it will thrive from Pennsylvania to Texas. Will draw hummingbirds. The light weight seeds are best grown when broadcast onto a well draining soil mixture. Keep damp and in bright light. 13 seeds per packet.