Desert Fairy Duster, Native Fairy Duster, Pink Fairy Duster
Calliandra eriophylla

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Calliandra (kal-ee-AN-druh) (Info)
Species: eriophylla (er-ee-oh-FIL-uh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Maricopa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Hemet, California

Vista, California

Angleton, Texas

Austin, Texas

Hico, Texas

Kermit, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 19, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Desert Fairy Duster, Native Fairy Duster, Pink Fairy Duster Calliandra eriophylla is Native to Texas and other States.

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On Aug 31, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The Fairy Duster is a low shrub that usually grows 8 to 48 inches tall. The compound leaves are usually made up of four pairs of 1/4 inch leaves.

Also known as False Mesquite,the Fairy Duster is a member of the Pea Family (Fabaceae) which includes Mimosas and Acacias. The seeds of the Fairy Duster look like dry pea pods.

Eaten by many different chaparral and desert animals, the Fair Duster is also used as decorative shrubs in gardens and landscapes.

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On Apr 2, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

low growing native FAiry Duster to Southern California- very drought tolerant. Flowers not too impressive, though. Leaves are itty bitty. Never needs watering once established.