Calliandra eriophylla

Pink fairy duster

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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The pink fairy duster is the only representative of the desert genus in California. It is found in inland San Diego County east into the Southwest. It has much to recommend its use in the garden. It grows in a low, spreading mound with branches of light gray, almost silver. The gray-green leaves are small and feathery. The flowers are two inch bursts of pink and red stamens. The resulting seed pods are large and curved, adding visual interest. While the pink fairy duster is from desert regions, it tolerates occasional summer water. I have found this plant quite stable and dependable after many years of cultivation in Santa Clara County (Sunset zone 15).


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