Botanical Name: Calliandra eriophylla Add
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

This fine-textured shrub grows 3' tall and 3'-4' wide. It blooms heavily in spring and intermittently through the rest of year in response to moisture. It is quite cold tolerant although it will freeze to the ground in serious frost. Flower color ranges white to pink into sometimes red. It is good for erosion control and is drought tolerant. It will become deciduous over prolonged dry periods. It prefers coarse, well drained soil. Little pruning is 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 halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.