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Calliandra emarginata

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Dwarf Powderpuff (Calliandra emarginata) at Roger's Gardens

Dwarf Powderpuff flowers

Dwarf Powderpuff flowers

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Other Names:  Miniature Powderpuff


This is a dwarf, low growing evergreen shrub producing coppery pink new foliage that matures to dark green; pinkish-red powderpuff blooms in fall and winter, with some sporadic blooming year round; an interesting accent for a bright indoor area

Features & Attributes

Dwarf Powderpuff features showy rose pincushion flowers with pink overtones along the branches from early fall to late winter. Its oval bipinnately compound leaves emerge coppery-bronze, turning dark green in color throughout the year.

This is a multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with a mounded form. Its extremely fine and delicate texture is quite ornamental and should be used to full effect. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Dwarf Powderpuff can be expected to grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

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