Monday, January 19, 2009

Calliandra haematocephala, Red Powder Puff

Calliandra haematocephala 
Red Powder Puff
This is a really hardy shrub from South Brazil for warm temperate to tropical gardens. It is rambling with arching branches which spread out to a couple of metres in all directions, though it can be pruned to a well rounded shrub. There are several flushes of flowers throughout the year ,from winter to early summer.There is a white flowering form which is equally as hardy and a pink one as well .It will grow in shade or sun and tolerate root competition from trees. Birds are attracted to the big bright flowers. It is tolerant of light frosts only.
2017 update: I no longer have it available for sale.

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