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Calliandra emarginata

 
Calliandra emarginata
dwarf red powderpuff
Calliandra emarginata

Common name dwarf red powderpuff
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers red-pink
Size 6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, may be drought tolerant once established

Subtropical shrub in the mimosa corner of the pea family, native to Central and South America. Its flowers, produced freely throughout the growing season, are puffy balls of bright pink/red stamens, 1-2 inch in diameter. The curiously paired leaves that fold together add to the attraction of this species. It can be trained into a small tree or a rounded shrub – but is likely to die back to the ground in areas that experience more than the lightest of freezes.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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