|Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)|
DESCRIPTION: Shrub to 2-4'. Lacks spines. Leaves are bipinnately compound and dark green. Flowers bloom any time but peak in late winter (they are one of the first perennial plants to begin the spring flower show here). Flowers are a dramatic explosion of pink stamens into a powder puff. Fruit is a flattened, brown pod covered with soft hairs that splits open and stays on the plant for a long time afterward. Fabaceae Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: Bees, flies, and hummingbirds all visit its flowers for its nectar and pollen.