Calliandra eriophylla
Fairy Duster

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunPart ShadeBird Friendly
Fairy Duster
Calliandra eriophylla

Fairy Duster is remarkable when it begins to bloom. Long, pink to light purple stamens are very showy. It flowers mainly in the spring and then off and on the rest of the season, depending on the rain. It is a marvelous plant for erosion control. Attracts all kinds of birds and butterflies.

Showy bloom attracts native butterflies
The nectar-filled flowers attract hummingbirds
Many native birds depend on its seeds for food
Food source for many chaparral and desert animals
Extremely drought tolerant
Perfect showy plant to help in erosion prone areas

Native Range

Grows in sandy washes and on dry gravelly slopes and mesas below 5000 ft. Widely distributed from southeastern California through southern Arizona and New Mexico to western Texas, and in Mexico.

Interesting Facts

100+ species of birds can be found in the Sonoran Desert including cardinals, doves, finches, flycatchers, hawks, hummingbirds, quail, shrikes, sparrows, thrushes, warblers, woodpeckers and wrens all needing food and cover provided by native plants.


Tip-prune to increase density. Deer and horses will browse if given a chance

Mature Size: 2-3ft. Tall x 3-4ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 7-11

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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