| Fairy Duster, False-mesquite Calliandra, Pink Mimosa, Pink-flowered Acacia, Huajillo, Plumita, Gavia|
Fairy duster is a small shrub with ferny, bi-pinnate foliage and flowers that look like fluffy white balls appearing from March to June and sporadically through fall. It resembles Mimosa sp., but lacks their thorns. It grows in rocky limestone soils and caliche in the Trans-Pecos, South Texas Plains, and Edwards Plateau. Generally under one foot high, and with its showy blooms and airy foliage, fairy duster is a good choice for dry desert gardens with limited space. It can tolerate some shade, but will flower most profusely in full sun. Its dense root system provides erosion control, and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Fairy duster is hardy to 15 degrees F.
Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
Flower Color: white to cream, sometimes pinkish, with white stamens
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: flat legume
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Width: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Character: semievergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: alkaline
Additional Comments: C. conferta is closely related to C. eriophylla and is often mistaken for it.