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Baja Fairy Duster

Baja Fairy Duster

Regular price $20.90 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 4-5 feet
Spread: 4-5 feet
Flower Color: bright red
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Baja Fairy Duster, scientifically known as Calliandra californica, is a captivating, small shrub native to the Baja California region of Mexico. It is celebrated for its unique, puffball-like red flowers and its ability to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, making it a lively addition to any garden focused on attracting wildlife.

Growing to about 4 to 5 feet in height and spread, the Baja Fairy Duster forms a rounded, bushy shape with fine, green foliage. The leaves are bipinnate, adding a delicate, fern-like texture to the plant. Throughout the year, especially from spring to fall, it produces vivid red flowers. These blooms consist of long, stamen filaments, which create a striking, brush-like appearance, reminiscent of a duster.

Adapted to full sun to partial shade, Calliandra californica thrives in well-draining soil and is notably drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens. While it prefers arid conditions, it can tolerate occasional watering during extended dry periods to maintain its vibrant appearance.

In landscaping, the Baja Fairy Duster is often used as an accent plant, in native plant gardens, or in butterfly and hummingbird gardens. Its moderate size and unique floral display make it suitable for small yards, patios, or as part of mixed borders. The plant's ability to bloom almost year-round in warmer climates ensures continuous color and interest in the garden.

Overall, the Baja Fairy Duster is a low-maintenance and visually striking shrub, ideal for gardeners looking to add a touch of drama and attract wildlife to their outdoor spaces. Its drought tolerance, easy care, and vibrant blooms make it a popular choice for a variety of landscaping projects, especially those focused on sustainable and desert-friendly gardening.

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