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Pink fairy duster

Calliandra eriophylla

Description

The Pink fairy duster is an appropriate name to describe a small and delicate shrub. It will grow 2-3 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide and produce colorful light pink to rose and white colored flowers in spring, summer and fall. Dark green leaves are pinnately divided into tiny leaflets;

The Pink fairy duster is native to the washes and drainage areas in desert regions of the southwest United States where summer drought stress is limited by the availability of subsurface water year around. In nature as well as in residential gardens, the Pink fairy duster is an important habitat plant for wildlife for its nectar, seed and shelter. In the Inland Empire, it does best in well-drained soils, full sun and with low amounts of summer water. It is planted in southwestern style gardens and on rocky slopes and banks in combination with other desert natives and drought tolerant plants.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Summer, Spring, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Hummingbird plant, Borders, Attracts butterflies, Wildlife value, Rock gardens
Height: 1 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 4 ft. – 6 ft.

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