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Form/flower (fading)


Chinati Fairy Duster
Calliandra coulteri

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Calliandra coulteri is a small shrub with disproportionately showy flowers that resemble fireworks. Native to Mexico, it is known in Texas only from a single location in the Trans-Pecos. It is similar to C. conferta, but can be distinguished by the long, deep pink stamens of its flowers, vs. the white stamens of C. conferta's. Chinati fairy duster has not been well tested in landscape applications, and is available only in a very limited number of nurseries in the state. It reportedly will survive for some years in zone 8b until a particularly strong freeze kills it. Our native Calliandras are good wildlife plants, attracting insects and birds and providing browse for livestock and deer.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: pink

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: flat legume

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Width: 1 to 3 feet

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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