Archive | June 1, 2009

Powder Puff Plants

Calliandra Haematocephala , otherwise known as powder puff plant belongs to the family of Fabaceae which comprises about 200 species.  It’s a great looking bold bloomer.  The flowers thrive very well during spring, summer and even into fall.  This carefree specimen shrub is great for outdoors and can even be grown in pots.  All it needs are regular and faithful watering. It thrives in partial shade but needs full sun for maximum blooming.  It prefers moist but well-drained fertile soil.  The buds look like berries before they open into “puffs.

Powder puff plants can grow up to 3 feet tall, their size can be controlled by pruning.  They can be propagated via large cuttings or through seeds.  (Seeds are better of course).  The flowers are very soft to the touch and grow from hundreds of slender, bright-red stamens which create a powder puff effect and seem to explode out from the center of the flower.  These plants are attractive to bees and butterflies.  They are native of India, Madagascar, Mexico, South America and United States.

Took these shots from our wild garden in our province.  How I wish I could propagate them in my miniature garden at home.