Baja Fairy Duster

Calliandra californica

Resilient shrub native to arid regions of California and Mexico. Adorned with feathery, fern-like leaves and vibrant red puffball-like flowers, it adds a splash of color to desert landscapes. This drought-tolerant plant is a favorite among pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. With its adaptability to arid environments, it’s a popular choice for xeriscaping, contributing to water-wise landscaping practices.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Near Native
Origin: Baja California
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Size: 3′ – 8′ tall
Sun: Full sun to light shade
Watering: Infrequent and deep irrigation
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Tolerant. Yellow growth may be a sign of too much water.
Temperature: Hardy to 22 F
Pruning: Do not shear. Selectively prune stems during growing season.
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Hummingbirds are very territorial about this plant, great nectar plant for bees and butterflies. Host for the Marine Blue.
Notes:  Excessive irrigation promotes rank vegetative growth and reduces flowering. Readily hybridizes with Pink Fairy Duster. Will lose leaves during extended periods of dry soil conditions


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