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Baja Fairy Duster

Calliandra californica

Out of stock

1 gallon; 5 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Sonoran Desert

Water needs:



Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun; Reflected Sun; Filtered Sun

4-6’ x 4-6’


Flower color:

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Prune hard after frost. Otherwise to shape




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Rabbit resistant:


If you enjoy the antics of hummingbirds, be sure to include a few Baja Fairy Dusters in your garden. Their bright red-orange, tufted flowers provide year-around color and nectar, although the showiest displays are from spring through fall. Baja 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 Fairy Duster can be used in full sun or part shade and is tolerant of most soil types. Temperatures below 20° 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 heavy pruning will inhibit flower production! Native to Mexico

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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