Calliandra californica     
Baja fairy duster   
Fabaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Baja fairy duster
Calliandra californica
Form: open, vase-shaped shrub
Seasonality: evergreen, semi-evergreen in Tucson
Size: 2-6ft with equal spread
Leaves: bipinnately compound borne in pairs, finely cut, bluish green
Flowers: bright red, rose, or plum; loose puff or tassel shape; predominate red stamens; strongest bloom in early summer, blooms sporadically through fall
Fruit: dehiscent pod
Stems/Trunks: upright branches, stems are light gray growing woodier with age
Range/Origin: Baja California
Hardiness: high to mid teens


close-up of bloom
'puff-ball' of red stamens on
Calliandra californica



C. eriophylla darker brown
trademarked variety "Maricopa Red" has a bright red flower

close-up of seed pods
seed pods and blooms on
Calliandra californica

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