Calliandra californica

Red fairy duster

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 5' X 5'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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The red fairy duster is native to Baja California but has much to contribute to the dry garden. It grows in a large, rounded form that is fairly open which allows the delicate, feathery leaves to be appreciated. The flowers are a bright red and appear generously in the spring and then intermittently until winter. It reminds one of a small acacia, to which it is closely related. A sunny spot with good drainage is important. Very little water is needed once the red fairy duster is established, though it is tolerant of occasional summer water.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen