On Aug 20, 2012, gardenpackrat from Tampa, FL wrote:
I am in zone 9 near Tampa, Fl. and have this plant, dwarf variety, in the ground in partial sun (am). It blooms almost nonstop and sets seed pods. The butterflies and hummingbirds love it too. It is near a window where I can enjoy the show! Some damage from cold but comes back fine. I love this plant! I have not tried propagating it from seed but am going to try.
I LOVE this plant. I grow it in a large container which I bring into a glass-roofed porch for winter in my Zone 9b area. If I water it with oxygenated-water (left-over from using our Lotus Sanitizing System in which we wash all our produce which is consumed raw), it blooms all winter inside! I move it outside at Easter where it gets morning sun, but afternoon shade. After a brief readjustment period, it's back in bloom. It comes in at Thanksgiving. I, therefore, get almost 12 months of bloom.
On May 20, 2012, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have two bushes of this plant, one gets full sun most the morning until about two and then shaded. The other is in partial shade from an overhead oak. The full sun certainly blooms more but also needs more water and can really struggle during dry spells. They will damage by temperatures below freezing and sometimes all the way to the ground, but come back every year. Blooms from spring until first freeze. Bees love the flowers. Mine is the dwarf species. The oldest plant has made it to 4 by 5 foot and that is with set backs from cold temperatures, if never froze I imagine it would be quite big by now.
On Apr 22, 2012, HappyGardenerWI from Eau Claire WI & The Villages FL, WI (Zone 9a) wrote:
In zone 9a, the shrub grows to about 6' and flowers profusely from mid-summer through the first freeze. It freezes to the ground but begins growing from the roots in March and reaches blooming size quickly. The flowers are a glorious red and attract butterflies.
On Apr 19, 2012, theplayfulkitty from Winter Park, FL wrote:
A great buy of 3 bedraggled reduced specimens from a Home Depot. They have survived several hard frosts, and when they start blooming, it's nonstop. I keep them pruned to about 3' and they look great in a grouping of mixed height and colored perennials.
On Feb 6, 2012, margiew from Mataranka Australia wrote:
I have a large old red powder puff. I have cut it back hard and it grew profusely and flowered all year. This year however there are no seeds forming after the flower is spent. I have grown some from seeds previously, no luck from cuttings. Can anybody tell me why. I live in a hot subtropical climate.
i bought this plant as a house plant noticed it losing it leaves since i have brought it in for the winter but then after looking at it closer it looks as though it has some type of bug there are little white web looking areas not sure how to treat it hoping not to lose the plant i just love it....wondering if anyone would have a suggestion
On Sep 10, 2010, moydokes from Waveland, MS wrote:
I purchased this plant about 4 months ago at a garden center in Houston and planted it in my yard (Waveland, MS). It was blooming when I bought it, and hasn't stopped since. I'm truly amazed! I have never owned a plant before that bloomed so profusely and continuously.
On Jul 22, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
When I was a child, our next door neighbor had one of these trees. It was in the corner of their yard and some of the tree hung over into our yard. I remember playing under it and marveling at it's pretty red puffs.
It's such a beautiful tree... it also attracts lots of butterflies. Can't wrong with this one!
On Jun 13, 2010, digforrestdig from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:
When the government took 4 feet of our yard for the new sidewalk they planted these between the walk and fence. They have yet to really take off, but are looking healthy. The govt. tried growing a smaller less mature batch of Puffs before, but they all died because they planted them in Winter and there was no rain. I was hoping they were going to at least plant natives, but every1 so loves this tree maybe it will be ok....
On Jun 16, 2009, movewithmel from Houston, TX wrote:
I live in Houston, TX, Zone 9, and bought this almost a year ago, maybe in the fall. It reminded me of a mimosa, and our neighbor had just cut his down. To him, it was invasive. To us, it was the great view out our dining window. The powder puff bush has grown at a rapid pace, and looks super healthy, but I have never, ever had a bloom. The tag on it when I bought it showed a pink flower, so I'm hoping it is pink, and said it was tropical. With our humidity, I thought it would thrive. Plus, I water regularly. Anyone have ideas as to why it hasn't bloomed yet, when the rest of my garden has been bursting with color since spring? It's in a sunny spot in front, so our dogs aren't eating the blooms.
On Jan 31, 2009, GAF9801 from Saint Cloud, FL wrote:
Zone 9 - I LOVE my powder puff bushes. Mine grow happily receiving partial afternoon sun close to my house. They get rain runoff from the roof but other than natural rainwater, they are very drought tolerant. They bloom pretty much year round and bloom more heartily when they get rain. They require little or no care and have had no noticable pest issues in 4 years of growth.
On Jul 26, 2005, pickandplant from Deltona, FL wrote:
This is a great plant, it is tough and bug resistant and very attractive.
It is so attractive that the butterflys and hummingbirds are flitting about its puff. Some seeds have sprouted that fell and germinated under the plant, I transplanted them into potting soil and they are doing great. I am planning to try different methods of propagation to see which will be the best.
On Jun 11, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
In my borderline Zone 8b/9a climate in NE Fla, this Calliandra dies back in winter with freezing temperatures, but rebounds in the Spring and begins to bloom around May.
If you have this plant and live in a climate where it freezes, don't be too quick to prune back what looks like brown, dead, leafless stems. Leaves and flowers will emerge most of the way up the stems in the Springtime. I think it is best to wait until the flowers appear to determine what part of the plant is truly lifeless.
On Jun 10, 2005, sdlady from San Diego, CA (Zone 11) wrote:
My row of shrubs, in the ground many years, has been sheared annually into a 6' hedge after the winter bloom period is over. Planted in a dry area on the side of my house, they are truly drought tolerant, subsisting on rain water only, which in coastal San Diego averages 11 inches per year between November and April. The plentiful watermelon red blooms are charming; the new growth a lovely bronze with a graceful arching form.
On Jul 26, 2004, bjhach from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
Plant responds with lots of blooms following a good watering. However, my dogs love to eat the powder puffs and my plants don't have flowers on them for long! (FYI...They've been eating them for a year and have never had a bad reaction.)
On May 1, 2004, martina from El Cajon, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Our Calliandra in So Cal (dry climate of E of San Diego) blooms best in winter (November till April) and at that time is really covered both with blooms and their less pretty spent brown dry remnants. Hummingbirds love it and it is fun to watch them feed (I am posting a photo of one). If Calliandra does best in humidity, it has clearly shifted its blooming time here to the wettest period since during the dry hot summer and fall it does not bloom at all (I see the difference from Florida humid tropical climate). Calliandra is rapidly growing and needs pruning to keep in check.
On Jul 23, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
There´s a Red Power Puff near here that blooms constantly during the year. However, it never gets covered with flowers like other species. The folliage gives it a more smooth look than other Calliandras.
On Nov 9, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Calliandra haematocephala is a sub-tropical plant the family of which is native to the India, Mexico, Madagascar, South America and the United States. It is adaptable, but prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil. Does best with moderate humidity. This species is grown as a hedge or shrub in the landscape for its powder-puff-type flowers. Very attractive to bees and butterflies.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grenoble, Vincent, Alabama Tucson, Arizona Arcadia, California El Cajon, California La Presa, California North Hollywood, California Palm Springs, California (2 reports) Rancho Mirage, California Rancho Santa Margarita, California San Diego, California (2 reports) Archer, Florida Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Bonita Springs, Florida Broadview-pompano Park, Florida Cheval, Florida Clearwater, Florida De Land, Florida Delray Beach, Florida Deltona, Florida (2 reports) Eustis, Florida Fernandina Beach, Florida Georgetown, Florida Grant, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Jupiter, Florida Lakeside, Florida Land O' Lakes, Florida Macgregor, Florida Magnolia Sq, Florida Miami, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Orlando, Florida Palm Beach Shores, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Port Saint Lucie, Florida Sebastian, Florida Sebring, Florida Seffner, Florida Spring Hill, Florida St Petersburg, Florida (2 reports) Suncoast Estates, Florida Tamarac, Florida Tampa, Florida (2 reports) The Villages, Florida Vero Beach, Florida Winter Park, Florida Pepeekeo, Hawaii Gulf Hills, Mississippi Waveland, Mississippi Elizabeth City, North Carolina Baytown, Texas Fulton, Texas Galveston, Texas Houston, Texas Humble, Texas Mission Bend, Texas Spring, Texas