Express Yourself: What’s this plant?

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By Denise Cottrell, Yolo County Master Gardeners Special to the Express Can you identify this plant? The common name is a tool used by a magical creature. Drought tolerant, once established, it produces almost year round bloom with stunning bright red flowers. A favorite of hummingbirds and native bees, it has uniform dense growth and moderate growth rate. Growing to about 4 feet high and 4 feet to 5 feet wide, it performs best in full sun and can be planted in places with reflected heat exposure, and can take cold weather to 20 degrees. The mystery plant is the Fairy Duster (Calliandra x Sierra Star), a hybrid of two members of the Calliandra family. If you wish to see an example of this drought tolerant plant, visit the Winters Community Library Teaching Garden located at 708 Railroad Ave. The garden is open with access through the library during regular library hours and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Fridays, the garden can be accessed through the front gate and a member of the Yolo County Master Gardeners will be available to answer any of your gardening questions.

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