Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet (.9-1.8m)
Plant Spread: 5 to 7 feet (1.5-2.1m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 30 days at 41F
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2002 Plant Select Winner


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Posted by jmallory on Jan 11, 2017 10:30 AM

I successfully grow Apache Plume in zone 6a. I am in south central Oregon, just east of the Cascade range at 4200 ft elevation in a climate often known as high desert. Living here for 18 years, I have never seen it drop below -10 F. We have very fast-draining soil and it is rare to have precipitation between June and October. My oldest plant has been growing for 6 or more years and gets some irrigation in the hot summer months. .

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 25, 2014 4:50 PM

Though this plant does produce white blooms during the summer, it is the fluffy, cloud-like fruit or seed heads that are the main appeal! They appear ivory near the stem and a dusky rose color toward the ends. This native plant is very drought tolerant, and it naturalizes readily.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Apache bloom by PeggyC Jan 10, 2017 12:05 PM 0
What to plant by RehabtoFab Aug 4, 2018 3:14 AM 2
Plant ID by carlysuko Jun 21, 2018 8:40 AM 9
Desert shrub ID please by valleylynn Apr 21, 2016 9:57 PM 12
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130

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