Calliandra conferta Benth.
Rio Grande stickpea, Fairy duster
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: CACO
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Native Habitat: Chaparral & brush country, Hillsides/Slopes
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 Clay
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0701 Collected Apr 1, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
NPSOT 1137 Collected May 15, 2000 in Bexar County by Paul Cox
BibliographyBibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Calliandra conferta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calliandra conferta in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-07-12
Research By: TWC Staff