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Apache Plume

Fallugia paradoxa

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies. Seeds are eaten by birds.
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
5' × 5'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season April-October
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -5
Leaf Description Dark green on top, with whitish undersides. Leaves are small and lobed.
Fruit Clusters of decorative plumes with a single seed per plume
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Elevation Range 3500-7500 ft.
Description A lovely shrub in the rose family, found in upland and montane habitats. This plant is tolerant of a variety of soil types but prefers well draining locations. While most appropriate at higher elevations, plants can be cultivated even in Tucson and Phoenix, especially if light shade is provided. Apache plume typically grows as a dense shrub with 5-petaled white flowers, and red tinted achenes (feathery plumes). A fine interplanting could be made by mixing this species with lemonade berry (Rhus aromatica), banana yucca (Yucca baccata), and Arizona rosewood (Vauquelinia californica).