Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa)

Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. The plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed heads.

Description:  Apache-plume is a slender, upright, deciduous to semi-evergreen, multi-branched shrub, 2-6 ft. tall, with grayish-white, pubescent branches. A shrub with white flowers and silvery puffs of fruit heads borne at the tips of very dense, intertangled, twiggy, slender branches. Dark green leaves (silver beneath) contrast well with the loose clusters of fragile, white, apple blossom-like flowers. Distinctive, pink, feathery plumes characterize the persistent fruit. These rather thick shrubs appear unkempt, but in full flower their white petals are attractive against the dark foliage. Fruit clusters with feathery, purplish tails said to resemble Apache headdress.

Family:  Rosaceae

Synonym(s):  Ponil

USDA Symbol:  FAPA

Duration:  Perennial

Habit: Shrub

Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Water Use:  Low

Light Requirements:  Part Shade

Soil Moisture:  Dry

Bloom Notes:  Apache plume is easy to grow and blooms the first year from seed. It is good for erosion control because of drought-tolerance and aggressive seeding. It can, however, become too aggressive in optimum conditions. Cut oldest woody stems to the ground to rejuvenate.

ATTRIBUTION:  All of the Texas Wildflower images in this post are copyrighted and are the exclusive property of Terry B. Kahler. Reproduction without explicit written consent is prohibited. Some of the information contained in this section was taken from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website and is being used under their terms of use. Redistribution from this site is prohibited. Additional information contained in this section was taken from the USDA website including the USDA code.

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