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Fairy Duster

Fairy Duster

Regular price $20.90 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Spread: 3-5 feet
Flower Color: pink or white
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Fairy Duster, scientifically known as Calliandra eriophylla, is a charming, drought-tolerant shrub native to the deserts of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It is part of the Fabaceae family and is known for its delicate, puffball-like flowers and its resilience in arid environments.

Growing to about 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide, the Fairy Duster forms a low, spreading mound of fine, feathery foliage. The leaves are bipinnate, creating a delicate texture that complements the soft appearance of its blooms. From late winter through spring, and sporadically throughout the year in warmer climates, it produces clusters of fluffy, pink or white flowers. These unique blooms are made up of numerous long stamens, giving the appearance of a soft duster and attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Calliandra eriophylla thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil. It is highly drought-tolerant once established, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and native plant landscapes. While it can survive on natural rainfall alone in desert settings, occasional supplemental watering during prolonged dry spells can help maintain its lush appearance.

In landscaping, the Fairy Duster is often used as a ground cover, in natural desert gardens, or as a border plant. Its compact size and attractive flowers make it suitable for small gardens, containers, and as an accent in mixed plantings. The plant's ability to bloom in the cooler months adds color to the garden when many other plants are dormant.

Overall, the Fairy Duster is a versatile and low-maintenance shrub, perfect for adding texture, color, and interest to water-wise gardens. Its drought tolerance, ease of care, and the beauty of its flowers make it a popular choice among gardeners looking to create sustainable and visually appealing landscapes in arid and semi-arid regions.

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