The Apache plume, Fallugia paradoxa, a shrub of the rose family, is native to the Southwest. It normally will grow four to six feet tall and the same width. Under ideal conditions it can reach eight feet.
Apache plume has attractive white flowers from June through August, followed by feathery, pink-plumed seeds that give the shrub its common name. Its stems have white, shreddy bark. The leaves are very small, and may remain on the shrub through mild winters.
Apache plume is drought-tolerant when well established. It should be planted only in soil that drains well and should not be over watered. Don’t plant an Apache plume in or adjacent to irrigated lawns. Instead, plant it in dry spots in south or west exposures.
Ideal in a Xeriscape setting, Apache plume has a lacy, fine texture. It is hardy to about 7,500 to 8,000 feet in elevation.
For more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheet(s).
- Vegetable garden: Soil Management and Fertilization
- Xeriscaping: Trees and Shrubs
- Choosing a Soil Amendment