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Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of southern California to southwestern New Mexico and northern Mexico.
Open hillsides, sandy desert washes and slopes below 5,000 feet.
Each light pink-to orange puff contains many flowers and is up to 2 inches in diameter. The flowers are darker toward the center, from which the long stamens radiate. Fairy Duster can bloom year round, but usually February through May.
Fairy Duster is a low, densely branched shrub 8 to 48 inches high. The leaves are formed by 2-to-4 pairs of 1/4-inch, oblong leaflets. It is a member of the Pea Family (Fabaceae) which includes acacias and mimosas.
This thornless, perennial shrub provides food to many desert animal, birds and insects.
This was taken at the cactus garden in Las Vegas, NV
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