Anneslia purpurea (L.) Britton
Calliandra conoensis H.Karst.
Calliandra coroensis H.Karst.
Calliandra obtusifolia (Willd.) H.Karst.
Calliandra slaneae R.A.Howard
Feuilleea purpurea Kuntze
Inga obtusifolia Willd.
Inga purpurea (L.) Willd.
Mimosa obtusifolia Poir.
Mimosa purpurea L.
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Citron
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Calliandra purpurea is a shrub or a small tree with multiple thin stems and dense foliage; it usually grows up to 2.5 metres tall, but can occasionally reach 5 metres. The bole is short and crooked[
Widely grown as an ornamental in gardens, where it is valued especially for its floral display, The plant can also be trimmed and grown as a hedge.
S. America - Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana; Caribbean - Windward and Leeward Islands.
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Succeeds in full sun as well as in partial shade[
]. Succeeds in a range of soil types, so long as they are well-drained[
]. Established plants are drought resistant[
A fast-growing tree[
The plant can produce flowers all year round[
The plant responds well to trimming and can be grown as a hedge[
All members of this genus have extensive root systems and are useful for binding the soil[
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