Botanical Name: Calliandra eriophylla
Common Name: Fairy Duster  
Plant photo of: Calliandra eriophylla
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season

Spring, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Foundation, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Fine-textured shrub 3' tall x 3-4' wide. Blooms heavily spring, intermittently through rest of year response to moisture. Quite cold tolerant although will freeze to ground in serious frost. Native Texas to Calif. 2-5000' on dry rocky hills. Flower color ranges white to pink into some red. Good for erosion control. Usually seed grown so there can be lots of variability. Will go deciduous over prolonged dry periods. Very drought tolerant. Coarse well drained soil preferred. Little pruning needed.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.