Red Powder Puff
Calliandra haematocephala is a fast growing shrub that can
grow tall but also spreads wide. If desired it can be
kept smaller by trimming. Interesting enough the leaves
close at night.
The red powder puff flower are attractive to butterflies
and hummingbirds but only appear from November -April.
The buds before the flowers open look like raspberries.
This large shrub can
be grown indoor if trimmed and grown in a pot but it
will be best if you can grow it outside in a
warm climate. Powder Puffs don't take well to freezing.
If you live in a cold place, you have no
choice but to grow them indoors in the winter. Consider
using the "Dwarf Powder Puff"
because it will be easier to manage in that situation.
Powder Puffs come
in white as well. Check out Calliandra haematocephala
ORIGIN : Bolivia
SIZE : 15' without trimming
GROWTH RATE: fast
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : full/partial sun
WATER REQUIREMENTS : average
MIN. TEMP. : low 30's
FLOWER : November-April
Check out Calliandra
haematocephala 'Nana' and Calliandra schultzei