Calliandra parvifolia, commonly known as Powderpuff, is a large shrub that produces pink flowers and can grow to be 5-10 feet tall. The small leaves on this species are white and off-white, and it blooms almost year round with clouds of pink-white powderpuffs. It is native to the Americas and is often grown in USDA Zone 9-11.
When growing Calliandra parvifolia, it should be placed in an area with full sun or semi-shade and should receive regular water. The soil should be kept moist but not soggy. In cold regions, the plant should be grown in a pot to ensure it is insulated from any cold weather and can easily be moved indoors during extreme cold. During the warmer months, it can then be moved back outdoors.
When planting this species, the soil should be well-draining, and the roots should be spread out in the hole. After that, give the plant a thorough watering, and make sure to check the soil moisture regularly. Once the plant is established, mulch can be applied, and it should receive regular feeding with a fertilizer.
Calliandra parvifolia is an attractive and hardy shrub that can provide many years of beauty in the garden. With its pink flowers and white-off-white leaves, this species can bring a splash of color to any garden.
The genus Calliandra contains more than 100 species, most of which are endemic to the Americas. Most species are shrubs or small trees, although a few are large trees or herbs.