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Calliandra californica (photo courtesy of Steven A. Gunther)
Calliandra californica (photo courtesy of Steven A. Gunther)

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Zones 10-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Calliandra californica

Baja Fairy Duster
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Evergreen

CALLIANDRA

Group of about 200 species grown mainly for their flowers’ long, silky stamens (the blossoms look like feather dusters or powder puffs) and for their ferny foliage. Prune out any dead or damaged wood after bloom.

Calliandra californica

Grows up to 5 ft. tall and 5–6 ft.wide. This species is sometimes likened to C. eriophylla, but it’s bigger, with more luxuriant foliage and bright deep red stamens. Both the species and its hybrid ‘Maricopa Red’ are favorites of hummingbirds. With moderate water, both bloom nearly year-round in Zone 13 (production drops off somewhat in midsummer and earliest winter), and close to that in Zone 12. Blooms throughout the warm parts of the year in other areas.

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