The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrubs and rarely small trees growing 0.5–6 m tall, with bipinnate leaves. The flowers are produced in cylindrical or globose inflorescences and have numerous long slender stamens which give rise to the common names powder-puff, powder puff plant, and fairy duster. These plants flower all year round, but the best blooming is in spring and summer. They can be easily pruned.

Photos: Celeste Mookherjee

Plant Info

Latin Name: Calliandra Haematocephala

Family Name: Fabaceae

Origin: South America

Garden Location: Outside near Garden entrance