Calliandra haematocephala is also known as the 'Red powder puff' or 'Blood Red Tassel Flower'. A small to medium sized shrub, this is a very colorful plant when in fiull flower. Masses of blood red flowers appear sitting on the top of the long arching stems.
In warmer climates it seems to bloom almost non stop, attractive to bees and butterflies and the flowers are followed bt attractive seed pods.
Flowering will be more prolific in full sun, however these plants do require a moist cool root run, so extra water may be required during long dry spells.
Originally from tropical South America, this attractive fast growing spreading shrub grows to 6 - 8 ft and does well in warm temperate areas. Main flush of flowers appear from autumn through to winter with large 8cm diameter fluffy red flower-heads, however this will depend on the climate.
Where to buy
Available for sale at nurseries from spring through to summer in warmer zones