1 Challenge Winner; Top Ten in a challenge
Top Ten Challenge Winner for the most beautiful “wildflower in North America” Thank you everyone who voted for this one and Congratulations to my fellow artists. I love wildflowers!
Scientific Name: Calliandra eriophylla
Pink Fairy Duster; Along my recent trip to Arizona
Many georgeous blooms in the desert this time of year March 17, 2010
Lei Hedger Photography All Rights Reserved 2010
Common Names: Fairyduster, Fairy Duster
Growth Habit: Shrub, Subshrub
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Desert, Upland
Flower Color: Pink, Pinkish white
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer, Fall. It blooms mainly in the spring and then variably throughout the year after any rains.
Height: 1 to 4 feet (30 to 122 cm) tall
Description: The rounded, puffball flower heads are 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and contain several clusters of flowers with long, slender stamens. Although usually straight, the long stamens are sometimes twisted and curly. The flowers are followed by curled, brown seed pods. The leaves are green and bipinnate with tiny leaflets.
Butterfly Plant – The flowers attract large butterflies like Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae).
Hummingbird Flower – The nectar-filled flowers attract hummingbirds.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Fabaceae – Pea family
Genus: Calliandra Benth. – stickpea
Species: Calliandra eriophylla Benth. – fairyduster
(This art was in the Top Ten of Challenges April 30, 2010 Arizona Wildflowers. Thanks for the Votes (-: Congratulations to everyone)