Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Powder Puff Plant (Calliandra haematocephala)

Powder Puff Plant 
(Calliandra haematocephala)
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.
Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome

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