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Calliandra Eriophylla is Native to the Wickenburg Area

Bright red Baja Fairydusters have become a popular shrub for desert gardeners in recent years, but the Wickenburg area is host to a diminutive native species that deserves your attention during spring hikes. The local variety, (Calliandra eriophylla), can be found in bloom in March and April on rocky hillsides near town.

These little shrubs are easily missed — until they begin blooming, that is. Wickenburg’s native variety may reach heights of only two feet, but produce many pink “puff-ball” flowers like those shown in the photo. These are extremely hardy plants. They are well adapted for survival in hot, dry conditions.

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