Calliandra californica
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Calliandra californica

Baja fairy duster

  family leguminosae 
  genus calliandra 

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Genus  Calliandra Species  californica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Baja fairy duster Family  LEGUMINOSAE Specimen number  S10230 Data source  HumGrdn p73
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Semi-evergreen Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  4' - 5' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Poor Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 09a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Calliandra californica has flowers that hummingbirds love to feed on. This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 20� Fahrenheit. Baja fairy duster does well in poor soils. Full sun is needed for this plant to do its best. It usually does best in dry soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Calliandra californica probably originates from Baja California and Mexico.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Calliandra californica is a perennial. Baja fairy duster is semi-evergreen. Flowers: This plant has fluffy brush shaped flowers that look like exploding firecrackers. Blooms appear for a 10 month period from March through December. The flowers are typically of a red color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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