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Calliandra conferta Benth.
Rio Grande stickpea, Fairy duster
USDA Symbol: CACO
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A woody shrub with many branches, a mimosa-like appearance and stands three to ten inches in height. It resides in caliche and limestone of the South Texas Plains and Edwards Plateau.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit:
Black Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
TX Native Habitat:
Chaparral & brush country, Hillsides/Slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Caliche type, Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam
BenefitUse Ornamental: Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-hummingbirds, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees, Seeds-granivorous birds, Cover, Browse, Nesting site. This plant is often foraged by cattle and white-tailed deer.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: No
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0701
Collected Apr 1, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 1137
Collected May 15, 2000 in Bexar County by Paul Cox
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Record Modified: 2008-07-12
Research By: TWC Staff