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Description

The Pink fairy duster is an appropriate name to describe a small and delicate shrub. It will grow 2-3 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide and produce colorful light pink to rose and white colored flowers in spring, summer and fall. Dark green leaves are pinnately divided into tiny leaflets;

The Pink fairy duster is native to the washes and drainage areas in desert regions of the southwest United States where summer drought stress is limited by the availability of subsurface water year around. In nature as well as in residential gardens, the Pink fairy duster is an important habitat plant for wildlife for its nectar, seed and shelter. In the Inland Empire, it does best in well-drained soils, full sun and with low amounts of summer water. It is planted in southwestern style gardens and on rocky slopes and banks in combination with other desert natives and drought tolerant plants.

Water Needs

The Pink fairy duster does best in warm and sunny climate conditions of the Inland Empire. Established plants grow well with periodic deep irrigation in the summer which helps them retain good foliage and flowering character. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months marked by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more supplemental water commonly results in a longer flowering season and larger sizes.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 1 ft. - 3 ft.
Width: 4 ft. - 6 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Summer, Spring, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Rock gardens, Hummingbird plant, Borders, Attracts butterflies

Maintenance

Rarely needs pruning. Remove dead branches at any time (D).

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