CALLIANDRA haematocephala 'Nana'
Plant Common Name
Dwarf Powder Puff, Dwarf Red Powder Puff, Dwarf Stickpea
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The cute, mounding dwarf powderpuff puts on its show in fall and winter, blooming with distinctive magenta-red flowers. A native of Bolivia, this evergreen shrub is fast growing, attaining a rounded to sprawling habit with long, arching branches.
The fine-textured leaves are compound, made up of five to ten pairs of small oval leaflets that are coppery pink when young and mature to green. This plant can flower anytime year round, but blooms most when days are short, from fall to spring. The buds open up to long red-pink stamens with a white base, gathered in a round puffball. The flowers attract butterflies.
Grow dwarf powderpuff in full sun and well-drained soil with average or poor fertility. It will be knocked back by light freezes, but readily rejuvenates like a perennial from the roots. Use it as a fast-growing accent plant in the mixed tropical border or foundation bed. In colder regions 'Nana' adapts nicely to be a houseplant for a sunny, warm room or as a bonsai subject.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 8
USDA Hardiness Zone
9 - 12
H1, H2, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
4'-7' / 1.2m - 2.1m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Fall, Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns