Walter Andensen Nursery

Pink Powder Puff

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Pink Powder Puff

Pink Powder Puff or Surinam Powder Puff (Calliandra surinamensis). It is a large shrub or small tree called that is native to Surinam in South America. It is evergreen and can grow to a height of 15 to 20 feet.

This attractive plant has dense double pinnate foliage and axillary, compound, showy pink flowers that resemble powder puffs. The flat pods, each with 5 or 6 seeds, are first green, then turn brown before curving back to release the seeds. In frost free areas of San Diego it has the potential to bloom year round. It is vase-shaped in growth so despite the size of the plant it does not take up that much room in the garden nor will it shade these salvias to the point they won’t bloom. Humming birds will be all over this one.