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Calliandra californica

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Calliandra (kal-ee-AN-druh) (Info)
Species: californica (kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RonDEZone7a On Jun 29, 2013, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I am in Zone 7a, northern Delaware, so I have to grow this as a potted plant and bring it in during the winter. However, I have had the same plant for several years and this plant does well and flowers outside all summer, so I think it is one of the easier "Southwestern" plants to grow in the East. I have mine in a sunny location and I water it weekly if it gets dry. It responds well to occasional fertilizing. I keep mine in my greenhouse shed during the winter, where it can get close to freezing in mid-winter.

Positive MikeyToo On May 2, 2011, MikeyToo from Cypress, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I irrigate my Fairy Duster with a drip system and it faithfully flowers for most of the year. Hummers and butterflies enjoy it too.

Positive RichNV On Dec 2, 2008, RichNV from Henderson, NV wrote:

Excellent plant for xeriscaping here in the desert. It's still blooming now in early December, although the blooms will stop once it gets colder. Starts blooming in March here and will continuously if watered once a week in the heat of summer.

Positive penpen On Nov 30, 2005, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is not hardy in my area so it is container grown and brought inside for the winter. I started it from seed last summer so it is yet quite small but also getting quite bushy. I am looking forward to seeing it put out its first blooms and hopefully will be able to get some nice photos. It is also another good hummingbird nectar plant.

Positive Xenomorf On Oct 4, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

A little extra water in the hottest summer months will yield more blooms & foliage.

Positive palmbob On Mar 30, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Small twisted shrub with dark pink to red puff-ball flowers in early spring, and sometimes other times of the year (can't recall when). Foliage is itty, bitty little leaves. Very drought tolerant. Narrow zone range.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Maricopa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (3 reports)
Cypress, California
Long Beach, California
Perris, California
Red Bluff, California
Reseda, California
San Leandro, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Vista, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Henderson, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
North Tonawanda, New York
Conway, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Bellaire, Texas
Driftwood, Texas
Houston, Texas
Kermit, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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