low,slow-growing shrub, or occasionally taller to 10 ft (3 m) or so,
this species is distinctive in having leaves with only 4 to 8 rather
large leaflets; these are smooth and glossy and up to 2 1/2 in (6
cm) long. A native of Honduras, Guatemala and southern Mexico, the
plant is dotted with globular flowerheads through much of the year.
Color varies from almost white to deep reddish pink, the bases of
the flowers are usually paler.
Cultivation: Despite their often delicate appearance, many
calliandras are tough, long-lived plants thriving in any
well-drained, fertile soil in full sun.
Propagation is easiest from seed, but some produce few or no pods in
cultivation and can be grown from cuttings.