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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 6-8' as bush; to 15' as standard form
Plant Spread: 6 - 8'
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: all parts of plant are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: they will germinate much faster if you scarify & soak them overnight but it is not required
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®

Seed pod is just below the butterfly's (Paper Kite) posterior

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2011 7:34 PM

These make lovely, fast-growing small trees for small yards or limited spaces. It is not hard to make these into standards. They will get lanky, with growth concentrated on the top 1/3 of the stems/branches, unless you cut them back every few months. This needs to be done in either bush or standard form. The seed pods pop when they burst and the seeds fly far. You can hear the pop easily. They will sprout on their own when they find some nice mulch. You can dig those sprouts up and transplant them because they tolerate transplanting well.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 17, 2016 6:58 PM

Peregrina seems to be a popular plant in butterfly houses/gardens. I've noticed its presence in Houston, Galveston, and St Louis. It is in near-constant bloom. Originally from Cuba. It can be grown in large containers.

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Dec 6, 2011 4:18 PM

Butterflies and hummers are attracted to this plant. Here in north Florida it needs to be over wintered in my GH where it blooms pretty much all winter.

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Posted by piksihk (Texas - Zone 9a) on Apr 16, 2013 12:51 PM

Bought this in the fall; the bloom color is so pretty.

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