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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Calliandra californica-Baja Fairy Duster

If you enjoy the antics of hummingbirds, be sure to include a few Baja red fairy dusters in your garden. Their bright red, tufted flowers provide year around color and nectar, although the showiest displays are from spring through fall.

Baja red fairy duster has ferny green foliage, and an open irregular form that lends itself well to natural landscapes. Mature plants might reach a size of 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. Baja red fairy duster can be used in full sun or part shade, and is tolerant of most soil types. Temperatures below 25 F can cause some twig damage. Any shaping or pruning should be done in the late spring, but be careful not to overdue it, as too much pruning will inhibit flower production! This native of central Baja is located on gravelly hillsides and lists in USDA Zone 9.  It is drought tolerant but growth is fairly quick with some additional moisture.  It needs little shearing actually.  Hummers love it. Bees love it as well it is the larval food for Lycaenid butterflies.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003