Featured Plant

Calliandra haematocephala

Calliandra haematocephala is commonly known as Red Powderpuff or Blood red Tassel Flower (zone hardiness 9-11). Native to Borneo, Calliandra haematocephala is an evergreen shrub of the pea family, Fabaceae. It will grow in most soil types and while it will tolerate brief periods of drought, it prefers to be kept evenly moist. With its green foliage and colourful blooms, it makes a nice patio tree/shrub and flowers winter through spring and intermittently throughout the rest of the year.

Calliandra haematocephalagrows to a mature height of 10’-15’ with a spread of 10’-12’. If planted in containers, they must be brought inside well before the first frost and stored overwinter inside a cool but sunny location, with the average temperature being 12 - 15º C.

You can find Calliandra haematocephala growing permanently in the Palm House at the Conservatory and seasonally in the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden at the Zoo.