Double Chaconia Challenge

Facts About the Double Chaconia Flower

  • The Double Chaconia flower was recognised as the official flower and Trinidad and Tobago’s third emblem following the passage of a Bill to amend the National Emblems of Trinidad and Tobago Regulation Act Chapter 1904 in the Senate on May 8th, 2019.
  • The Chaconia, easily identifiable by its long sprays of magnificent vermilion, usually blooms around the anniversary of our Independence, August 31.
  • The colour of the flower matches the flaming red of our National Flag and the shield on the Coat of Arms and bearing the same symbolism, the Chaconia harmonizes beautifully with the other National Emblems.
  • The Double Chaconia (Warszewiczia cv “David Auyong”) which was discovered on the edge of the forest off the Arima-Blanchisseuse Road, is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago and cannot be found anywhere else on earth, making it exclusive to Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The Chaconia tree grows to 20 feet in height.

Growing the Chaconia flower

Propagation of the Chaconia by seeds is a very rare phenomenon. The Chaconia is mostly propagated by cuttings taken directly from the plant. It is a very difficult plant to propagate. When growing the Chaconia ensure that the soil is constantly moist and receives sunlight.

Where can I find the Double Chaconia Plant?

  1. La Vega Plant Shop – Grand Couva
  2. La Pastora Nursery – Santa Cruz
  3. C&D Plant Shop- Clarke Road Penal
  4. St. Augustine Nursery – Curepe

 Join in the Challenge

Join the Plant a Double Chaconia Tree Challenge!

It’s easy to Join!

1) Get your Double Chaconia Plant

2) Plant it in your community between September 24th to October 24th

3) Take a pic and tag the Ministry

 

Let’s come together to celebrate our great nation and show our national pride