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Fairy Duster

Calliandra eriophylla

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
4 × 3
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season February-April/september-October
Flower Color Pink
Minimum Temperature Range 10-15 °F
Leaf Description Delicately compound, with tiny leaflets
Fruit A legume (bean)
Longevity
In years
15
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Elevation Range 2000-5000 ft.
Ethnobotany Decoction taken as a gynecological aid after childbirth by Yavapai.
Description A common desert shrub which can be very small in stature in dry areas with no irrigation, or fairly large and branched if provided with extra water. This plant flowers in the late winter/early spring, providing color and pollinator value when many other plants are just coming out of winter dormancy. Mix with other desert shrubs and trees to help soften its bare branches in the winter. Also a good plant for habitat restoration projects across southern Arizona.