Powder Puff Plant
December 16, 2010
As we were wandering through Busch Gardens I couldn't help but notice the Powder Puff Plant (Calliandra haematocephala). The leaves reminded me of Mimosa (sensitive fern) so I just had to touch them. They don't fold up like Mimosa does but they were still quite pretty. The Powder Puff Plant was planted to form a barrier between the walking paths and inner workings of the park so used as camouflage or privacy screening. The plant is grown for its flower heads that are long red stamens blooming in winter. The plant is drought and somewhat cold tolerant making it another plant to consider for our new gardens if we move.