About two hundred species of Calliandra are native to warm parts of North and South America,
Asia and Madagascar.
Their small flowers are held in clusters. The showiest parts of the flowers are
the long, colorful stamens (the filaments that hold pollen at their tips.) Dwarf
powderpuff is native to Mexico
and Central America. The pink to red flowers
are held in rounded clusters about one and a half to two inches in diameter. It
flowers over a long season on new growth. After a cold winter kills it to the
ground, it will not flower until late summer or fall. Seed pods are bean-like.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: drought tolerant, responds well to irrigation
Soil: very adaptable, must be well-drained
This plant is at or near its northern limit in Jacksonville. It is evergreen in mild winters. Winter temperatures in the lower 20’s F may kill it to the ground but it usually resprouts the following spring. Plant it in a sunny or partly shady, well-drained site. Once established, it is drought tolerant.