Flaming Desire Setting Souls On Fiya

|Calliandra tweedii flower head|

|Calliandra tweedii flower head|

Step closer.  You may need to shield your eyes from the cherry bombin' stardust of Calliandra tweedii also known as the Brazilian or Trinidad Flame Bush.  Can you feel its horticultural heat?

|Calliandra tweedii profile|

|Calliandra tweedii profile|

This shrub is native to Brazil and Uruguay.  I've seen it growing beautifully around parts of California.  It seems to do well in temperate to warmer climates.  Calliandra tweedii creates an elegant framework of branches with delicate looking fernlike, lacy leaves.  It can grow 6 to 8 feet wide and tall and if it's really happy it can even become a small tree up to 15 feet tall.  It's real presence is felt when, in spring and fall, it produces a blaze of fiery scarlet spherical flower clusters.  The hummingbirds will come runnin'.

The look of this shrub is both silky soft and electric!  Very tropical. It likes full sun and added bonus...it requires little to almost no water to thrive, once established, of course.  There's something about this plant that says tropical rainforest to me.  It reminds me of distant places.  Places that are wild, perhaps untouched.  Places where nature does some of its most beautiful work. Why not, surround yourself with it?