Calliandra eriophylla
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Calliandra eriophylla

Fairy duster

  family leguminosae 
  genus calliandra 

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Genus  Calliandra Species  eriophylla Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Fairy duster Family  LEGUMINOSAE Specimen number  S10206 Data source  HumGrdn p74
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate 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 08a-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 eriophylla is a good hummingbird feeder. Fairy duster can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 10� Fahrenheit. This plant likes soils that are poor. This species does best in full sun. It does well 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 eriophylla may have originated from Southwestern US & Mexico.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Calliandra eriophylla is a perennial. Flowers: Fairy duster has fluffy brush shaped flowers that look like exploding firecrackers. Blossoms appear in February and continue through May. Typically the blossoms are either white or pink.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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