species, hybrids and cultivars
Family: Fabaceae (syn. Leguminosae)
There are a number of tough, easy to-grow members of this genus that are suitable for gardens in hot climates. Long cane-line growth, divided leaflets and pom-pom style flowers are key characteristics.
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Calliandra in the Landscape
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Calliandra haematocephala cut into a formal hedge. It is not an ideal species for this purpose
Calliandra haematocephala cut back where it could be easily reached and left to grow naturally above. Loosely trimmed on this scale it could serve as an informal screen, but note loss of flowers
These might be the C. haematocephala X C. surinamensis hybrid sold as 'Rosea'. it has a reputation as being a bit weedy.
These might be Calliandra californica