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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Calliandra eriophylla-Fairy Duster

A fine-textured shrub growing 3' tall x 3-4' wide, this gem is native from Texas to California from 2-5000' on dry rocky hills. Little blooms resembling powder puffs appear in the spring and intermittently through rest of year in response to moisture. Flower color ranges white to pink into some red and as it is usually grown from seed there can be lots of variability.  It is considered quite cold tolerant although it will freeze to ground in serious frost.  Good for erosion control. Although very drought tolerant, fairy duster will go deciduous over prolonged dry periods. Coarse well-drained soil is preferred. Hardy to 5 F. USDA Zone 7.

Little pruning is necessary.


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