Calliandra eriophylla

Calliandra eriophylla

False mesquite or Fairy-duster

Previous scientific name(s): Calliandra eriophylla var. chamaedrys, Calliandra eriophylla var. eriophylla

Rhizomatous, low-growing shrub (up to 3 feet) with dense branches and attractive purple flowers. Provides valuable year-long forage to livestock and deer while its seeds are sought after by upland game birds. Withstands grazing well due to spreading nature and is also useful for erosion control plantings.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 3 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
45.90 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
18,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Purple
Blooming Season: 
Spring