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Calliandra californica (Baja Fairy Duster)

Baja Fairy Duster, Red Fairy Duster, Flame Bush


Native to Baja California, Mexico, Calliandra californica (Baja Fairy Duster) is an evergreen, woody shrub with bright red, powder puff flowers, 1.5 in. long (3.5 cm), reminiscent of feather dusters, hence the common name. Blooming year-round, with a peak display from spring through fall, the long-lasting and attractive blooms are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. They give way to seed pods that resemble mini-snow peas and split open when ripe to release the enclosed seeds. Slow-growing, this shrub features an upright, fountain-like habit and a luxuriant foliage of fern-like, rich green leaves which close at night time. Adding a splash of color in sunny gardens, Baja Fairy Duster is extremely heat and drought-tolerant once established. An excellent flowering shrub that is great in foundation plantings, as an informal screen or as an accent.

  • Grows up to 5-6 ft. high and wide (150-180 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates most soils. Water once or twice a month in the winter and weekly in the summer.
  • Great for Mediterranean gardens, desert gardens.
  • Attracts butterflies, birds and hummingbirds.
  • Virtually pest free and disease free.
  • Pruning is generally not necessary.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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