Apache Plume

Fallugia paradoxa

Tough Southwestern native plant with small white flowers resembling single rose blooms; later attractive fluffy white seed heads that persist throughout the fall. Tolerates alkaline soils.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical Pronunciationfal-LEW-gi-a pa-ra-DOX-a
LoreHopi Indians steep the leaves of this plant to create hair tonic. Parts of this plant were also used as brooms and in basket making, cradleboard hoods and arrow shaft.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 3 to 8 ft. tall, 6 to 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis rangy perennial serves the dryland garden and well-drained sunny banks and borders with its semi-evergreen foliage and small white flowers. Use in the most hot, dry and inhospitable places, around landscape boulders, rock gardens and behind dry stone walls.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGray-green
Growth HabitBushy
Growth RateModerate
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureNaturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsThis rangy native shrub combines well with other desert-like species of the dryland garden such as Ivory Tower Yucca (Yucca filamentosa 'Ivory Tower') with its sword-like green leaves and white blooms, Ground Morning Glory (Convolvulus mauritanicus), a groundcover with lavender-blue flowers, and Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') with its maroon-purple blades. Overhead try the airy canopy of Thornless Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis chilensis) and the weeping branches of California Pepper Tree (Schinus molle).

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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