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Calliandra haematocephala Powder puff tree Kaliandra, Lusiana Leguminosaceae

Calliandra haematocephala, Powder puff, Lusiana, Kaliandra


Calliandra haematocephala, Powder puff, Lusiana, Kaliandra A 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.