I have two beauties that are wonderful showy shrubs growing on other side of my front gate and when they are in flower, they make an eye-catching display. They grow to around 3 metres high with the same spread. In my part of Australia, they begin flowering at the end of Autumn (in May) and will be in full bloom through our early to mid-Winter (June and July).
Here they are ... showing off as I drive into the property.
The common name for these shrubs is Powder Puffs - because the long, long stamens cluster to make a puffy looking flower.
Here is my red Calliandra haematocephala. You can see the raspberry-like buds to the right of this bloom. That little bud is packed with many long, long stamens.
It's amazing to watch the little buds open and see the stamens bursting out.
Finally the deep red stamens are out in all their glory!
Here is my pink Calliandra haematocephala. This one has gorgeous watermelon pink powderpuff blooms.
A fascinating feature about these shrubs is that the leaves will close up at night.