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Calliandra brevipes, Calliandra selloi, Acacia selloi, Pink Powderpuff, Shuttlecock, Esponja, Esponjinha, Manduruva, Fairyduster, Mesquitilla, Mock mesquite, Quebra-foice. Calliandra selloi 'Pink Lilian'
Calliandra selloi 'Pink Lilian'

Calliandra brevipes, Calliandra selloi, Acacia selloi

Pink Powderpuff, Shuttlecock, Esponja, Esponjinha, Manduruva, Fairyduster, Mesquitilla, Mock mesquite, Quebra-foice
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Brazil
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Calliandra brevipes (Pink Powderpuff) is an eye-catching shrub that is native to Brazil, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. It is a robust deciduous shrub that is capable of growing to a height of 10-20 ft (3-6 m). This vibrant, medium to large-sized shrub has finely divided leaves and clusters of beautiful red powder-puff flowers. The petals are inconspicuous, yet the long, pink filaments of the stamens form delicate, pink balls, giving it a gorgeous fluffy pink appearance when it is in full bloom during the summer months.

Calliandra brevipes can be grown in both full sun and semi-shade. Its soil should be kept moist yet well-drained, and it requires moderate amounts of water. Moreover, the plant is a great way to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects.

This shrub is not just attractive; it is also hardy and capable of withstanding temperatures of at least 30°F for a short duration of time, making it suitable for cultivation in USDA Zone 9-11. Furthermore, Calliandra brevipes has a delightful and delicate appearance, making it a popular choice for bonsai.

One can easily grow Calliandra brevipes in a pot or container. To successfully do so, find a container that is big enough to accommodate growth and provide the plant with the necessary amount of soil and water. Place the pot in a spot that receives ample sunlight and ensure that the soil is kept moist yet well-drained. Furthermore, if you live in a cold region, it is recommended to bring the pot indoors during winter months or protect it from extremely low temperatures.

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Calliandra eriophylla - seeds

Fairyduster, Mesquitilla, Mock mesquite. Native to deserts and arid grasslands in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and Mexico. A hardy calliandra with flowers and leaves looking very similar to tropical Calliandra selloi. Densely branched, deciduous shrub to 3 ft., though usually much shorter, with grayish-pubescent leaflets, flowers and pods. The petals of fairy duster are inconspicuous; it is the long, pink filaments of the stamens that make the showy display. This little shrub blooms in spring. The exquisite clusters of flowers with their many long stamens form delicate, pink balls, giving the plant a fluffy pink appearance in full bloom. It belongs to a group of mostly tropical woody plants that includes acacias and mimosas.
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