Calliandra californica

Baja Fairy Duster

Plant family: Fabaceae - Pea


Plant type: Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, Floristic Provence of Baja

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Flower Color Red
Blooming Season Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Height 2-3 feet
Spread 1-5 feet, 5-10 feet
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Creosote Bush Scrub

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Sand, Sandy Loam

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Plant Highlights

This is a medium shrub with unusal, showy red flowers that are highly attractive to hummingbirds. It is slow-growing and reaches around 3' high before spreading out to a width of nearly 6'. Its dark green leaves are like tight miniature ferns, overshadowed by red flowers that are reminiscent of a feather duster (hence the name, Fairy Duster). The seed pods are like mini-snow peas which explode when ripe. Native to sandy washes, flats, and hillsides in the Cape region of Baja California. They are evergreen; it is reported that they will lose their leaves if drought or cold stressed, and in their native habitat bloom after spring and fall rains.

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