Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fairy Duster in Bloom

Julia got this nice shot of one of the fairy duster blooms. The Latin name is Calliandra eriophylla. The description for this plant says it's a low spreading shrub but ours is over 7 feet high and spindly. I don't know if that's because its not in its true native desert habitat (even though it is a California native) or because this is a tall growing cultivar.

Whatever the situation, we love it. It compliments the nearby bottle brush well and blooms at different times of the year.

1 comment:

  1. >Family: Fabaceae

    Good for the soil, too!

    I wonder if it's a close enough relative to mesquite that cuttings would be good in a smoker.


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