Native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of India and West Africa, the Calliandra haematocephala is a fast growing evergreen plant that can reach the height of 15 ft. The stamens of the flower are smooth and soft, spreading out in an arching circle, giving rise to the common name Powder Puff Tree.
The flowers are attractive to the butterflies and pollen feeding birds, such as honey creepers and humming birds. Like other members of the Mimosa family, the leaves of this plant close at night and reopen at dawn. The large shurb can be grown indoors if trimmed but makes an attractive outdoor ornamental.