Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of southern California to southwestern New Mexico and northern Mexico.
Open hillsides, sandy desert washes and slopes below 5,000 feet.
Each light pink-to orange puff contains many flowers and is up to 2 inches in diameter. The flowers are darker toward the center, from which the long stamens radiate. Fairy Duster can bloom year round, but usually February through May.
Fairy Duster is a low, densely branched shrub 8 to 48 inches high. The leaves are formed by 2-to-4 pairs of 1/4-inch, oblong leaflets. It is a member of the Pea Family (Fabaceae) which includes acacias and mimosas.
This thornless, perennial shrub provides food to many desert animal, birds and insects. Fairy Dusters are also called:
- False Mesquite
- Hairy-leaved Calliandra