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Calliandra eriophylla     
Native fairy duster   
Fabaceae Family     

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


Form: low-growing shrub
Seasonality: evergreen, may drop leaflets in response to cold or drought stress
Size: 1-3ft, spread 3-4ft; moderate to slow growth rate
Leaves: bipinnately compound, 1-1.5in long 1/2in across; ferny leaflets
Flowers: whitish or pink loose puff shape; best bloom in early spring then sporadically
Fruit: dehiscent pods; shorter than C. californica, dispersed widely with strong popping
Stems/Trunks: not significant
Range/Origin: native to Tucson, W. Texas, Southern California, New Mexico; elevations of 1000-5000ft
Hardiness: to mid teens

Native fairy duster
Calliandra eriophylla



aka False mesquite

form is closer to ground than Calliandra californica

comparison of Calliandra species:
 C. californica  C. eriophylla   
formmore vase shaped,
low growing,
more dense
size2 to 4 times larger(smaller)
bloombright red flowerswhitish or pink

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