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Calliandra eriophylla, Fairy Duster is a popular landscape plant in our Southwest Deserts and is a member of the bean family. Growing to heights of up to 4 feet tall, Fairy Duster does well in heat, and can survive temperatures as low as 5°F. In Spring and early Summer, Fairy Duster produces gorgeous pink-to purple flowers, which look somewhat like a tiny feather duster. This seed collected on a private property from cultivated plants in San Bernardino County, CA. Fairy Duster is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 2.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; but is common elsewhere. If you are fortunate enough to see Fairy Duster in the wild in the state of California, please leave it alone.
USDA Zone(s): 7b-11
Sunset Zone(s): 10-24
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, loam. Xeric. Needs good drainage and prefers alkaline soils.
Water Usage: Very low once established (two to four years)
Collection elevation: 3100 feet
Location: San Bernardino County: Cultivated