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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Fallugia paradoxa-Apache Plume

Apache Plume was named for its feathery seed heads, which bear a striking resemblance to Indian feather bonnets. It occurs over much of the southwestern U.S., and into northern Mexico, at elevations from 3000 to 8000 feet. It is hardy to -30 F. Another staple for high desert gardens, this long-lived shrub is semi-evergreen, fast growing, and ranges in size from 3 to 8 feet tall and wide, depending on available moisture. Its wheat-colored branches are lined with small, olive-green, lobed leaves. Apache plume blooms in April and May with small white flowers, followed by white to pink feathery fruit clusters from May to October. These small fluffy plumes are produced in great abundance, and provide a dramatic effect when backlit by the sun. Apache plume should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil. It responds to deep monthly irrigations. This durable, low maintenance shrub is ideal for reflected heat locations such as roadways and parking lots. It is also extremely useful for wildlife habitat, erosion control, and screening. Native Americans brewed a tea from the leaves to promote hair growth. USDA Zone 4.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003