Fallugia paradoxa-Apache Plume
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.