This tropical species comes from the Guianas region of northern
South America. It is an elegant shrub of erect, open habit up to
about 10 ft (3 m) tall with arching branches and ferny foliage.
The flowerheads are distinctive, forming narrow inverted cones that
are scattered along the uppersides of the branches, white at the
base but tipped rose pink.
They appear through much of the year and attract butterflies.
Cultivation: Despite their often delicate appearance, many
calliandras are tough, long-lived plants thriving in any
well-drained, fertile soil in full sun.
Propagation is easiest from seed, but some produce few or no pods in
cultivation and can be grown from cuttings.