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Powder Puff
Scientific Name: Calliandra emarginata (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Benth.
Synonym: Inga emarginata
Family: Fabaceae
Powder Puff (Calliandra  emarginata)
Calliandra emarginata in the NYBG greenhouse, in mid April
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 22-27
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix to 30F (-1 C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southern Mexico to Panama

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, generally up to 4 feet tall (1.2 m) but can be much bigger

Watering Needs: Regular watering during the growing season

Propagation: Easier from seeds, cuttings are also possible

The name Calliandra comes from the Greek for 'beautiful stamens'.

Blooming Habits:
The globular flowerheads can be up to 2.5 inches in diameter (6 cm).

Fruiting Habits:
Flattened pods with thickened margins, opening explosively from the tip to the base, ejecting the seeds several yards away.

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