The Shower of Gold or Cat's claw

The Shower of Gold or Cat's claw is a vine the flowers once a year or maybe twice.

In Barbados it is most popular on the old windmills but you can also see it hanging from trees.

Most of the year it is just a vine but after a long dry season followed by a heavy rain (usually around April or May) you will see it flowering all over the island.

You have to be quick if you want to photograph it because when the flowers come out they only last for a few days with only one or two days of thick flowers.

It is also beautiful when the flowers start to drop leaving a carpet of gold around the windmill or under the tree that it is hanging from.

Last year our drought was too severe before the rain and the Shower of Gold was very disappointing.

The vine seems to be very tasty to the sheep who live around it and you often find a very straight line around the bottom of the Mill where the sheep have eaten it.



Sparrow sitting on branch of Shower of Gold in a windmill in Barbados
top of windmill - Shower of Gold in Barbados
Flowers from the Shower of Gold Vine covering the windmill in Barbados
Opening at the top of windmill covered with Shower of Gold-Cat's claw
Flowers from the Shower of Gold Vine covering the windmill in Barbados
Flowers from the Shower of Gold Vine covering the windmill in Barbados
Flowers from the Shower of Gold Vine covering the windmill in Barbados
Opening at the top of windmill covered with Shower of Gold-Cat's claw in Barbados
Flowers from the Shower of Gold Vine covering the windmill in Barbados
Shower of Gold on windmill and black belly sheep in Barbados
Shower of Gold on windmill and black belly sheep in Barbados
Vine - shower of Gold with gold flowers in Barbados
Vine - shower of Gold with gold flowers in Barbados
Shower of Gold vine seen from inside the windmill in Barbados