Fairy Duster Hybrid, Red Fairy Duster Hybrid, Red Powder Puff Hybrid 'Sierra Starr'


Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Calliandra (kal-ee-AN-druh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sierra Starr


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms all year




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Green Valley, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Winter Haven, Florida

Gonzales, Louisiana

Edinburg, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 19, 2014, PlantingNana from Vail, AZ wrote:

At 3300' elevation in AZ. Last year had 5 days of snow and 18 degrees for winder. Red Baja made it through beautifully without any cover protection. Summer here brings 108 plus, so it does need weekly, slow deep soak.

Using peat moss and crushed vermitculite for seeding medium, am attempting to grow from seeds.

First set of six planted did NOT set, grown outside in March. Out of Second trial of seeds, One and only one has come true; grown outside in April. From Third trial of seeds (grown in May) inside of home, produced Bird of Paradise looking plants (am growing them to see "What is going to bloom" if anything). July 2014, am trying another 6 and will post when they are at least 4" tall. These seeds are fresh from the bush growing in my yard. All t... read more


On Oct 21, 2008, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a very pretty plant and a fast grower. Literature says to water sparingly but I find that mine likes to be watered more often than not. Sierra Star is a great addition to any garden.


On Nov 7, 2005, nuworldgiant from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is a profuse bloomer (Phoenix, AZ.). It has an interesting branch structure that differs slightly from the californica in shape and color. This is an excellent accent plant. Thank you Mountain States Nursery.


On Jul 15, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just bought this plant so I am unable to evaluate it at this time. It prefers a very dry location and would make an excellent plant to use in rock gardens, xeriscapes and wildscapes. It is a hybrid between the Pink Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla) and the Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica). It has been producing blooms constantly for weeks.

Update 9/25/05: I just found out that Calliandra can sustain leaf damage at temperatures below 25F (-4C) and are often killed when they fall to 20F (-7C) and below. We have had mild winters the past few years, but temperatures can fall into the teens here. I may have to keep this plant in a container just in case. The plant is doing wonderfully blooming almost nonstop during days upon days of 100 degree weather and no ... read more