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Calliandra tweedii ~ Trinidad Flame Bush, Red Tassel Bush

Calliandra tweedii is spectacular when planted in the right place and under the right conditions. Calliandra tweedii prefers slightly acid soil and reasonable drainage. If the soil becomes at all alkaline from hard water the leaves bleach out and the plant does not grow. Calliandra tweedii is rather tender and will suffer from frost damage if the temperatures drop significantly below freezing. Because the Red Tassel Bush is slow growing and finely textured it can be sculpted into a beautiful miniature tree. The blooms are spectacular and attract hummingbirds. Calliandra tweedii is also known as the Brazilian Flame Bush, and the Trinidad Flame Bush.

High resolution images of Calliandra tweedii are available in our garden image catalog.

Calliandra tweedii, Red Tassel Bush