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Fairyduster
Calliandra eriophylla
  
About Fairyduster (Calliandra eriophylla) 13 Nurseries Carry This Plant Fairy Duster is a low spreading shrub which is native to deserts and arid grasslands in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and Mexico. The flowers, which appear between late winter and late spring, have dense clusters of pale to deep pink stamens and are about 5 centimeters (2 inches) wide. Like many desert trees and shrubs, it is a member of the Fabaceae. It is in the Mimosoideae subfamily in which the long, colorful filaments of the anthers are the most attractive part of the flower. Although it is a desert plant, its water requirements are higher. It is typically found where there is some subsurface water year-round. This species should not be confused with Calliandra californica, a Baja endemic with deep red flowers, which is more commonly available in the horticultural trade.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
1 - 3 ft tall
3 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow, Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds, insects

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 3x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Desert Willow, California Fan Palm, Desert Lavender, Creosote Bush, Ocotillo, Jojoba, Blue Paloverde, White Bursage, Chuparosa, Barrel Cactus, Brittlebush, Indigo Bush, Apricot Mallow, Opuntia spp, numerous annual wildflowers

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Scarify or soak in tap water 12-24 hrs.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy washes, slopes, mesas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.2" - 14.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.65" - 2.15", Coldest Month: 46.8" - 64.4", Hottest Month: 73.7" - 88.0", Humidity: 3.97" - 39.92", Elevation: 304" - 3881"

Alternative Names
Common Names: False Mesquite, Falsemesquite


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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