Calliandra eriophylla Calliandra eriophylla - Fairyduster Calliandra eriophylla
Calliandra eriophylla (Pink fairyduster) #8562 Calliandra eriophylla (Pink fairyduster) #8560
Common Name Fairy Duster, Pink Fairy Duster, Mock Mesquite
Latin Name Calliandra eriophylla
Family Fabaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-24 / 7b-11
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Western U. S. between 3,000 and 8,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Maximum 6 feet X 12 feet, usual 4 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Silver-green evergreen, stress deciduous
Flowers Very showy, occurring in rounded red, pink, or white fluffy stamen heads. Individual flowers are small with long (1 to 2 inch) stamens, appearing primarily in spring and may flowering again in the fall. Fruit flattened, dry, brown, pubescent, pea-like pods, 2 to 4 inches long, popping open and ejecting seeds at maturity, curled open pods persisting on the twig.
Bark / Roots Smooth brown, weathering to gray. Twigs slender, zigzag, gray-brown with fine pale pubescence, weak paired spines at the nodes
Maintenance Low
Propagation Easier from seeds, cuttings are also possible
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, foliage accent, parkways, specimen
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Thornless, Fragrant, Moonlight, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Silver-green leaves, fragrant, pink to red duster blooms most of year, showy April through July, cold marginal
Nature Value Browse for goats and sheep, butterflies and hummingbirds use flowers
Native American Uses Medicinal
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