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Calliandra eriophylla

Fairy Duster, False Mesquite
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Shrubs

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 eriophylla

Native from Southern California east to Texas and south into Baja California. Open growth to 3 ft. tall, 4–5 ft.wide. Leaves finely divided into tiny leaflets. Flower clusters show pink to white stamens in fluffy balls to 1 1/2 in. across in late winter or early spring. No irrigation needed, but blooms and leaves (plant is summer-deciduous) will last longer with some summer water.

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