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The rose-like blooms and ornamental seed heads make this one of the most interesting shrubs of the Southwest United States. Its twiggy, pale-barked stems and downy white branchlets form an upright to spreading shrub that retains a relatively low profile (head-high or less). Small lacy dark green leaves are rather widely spaced on the branches, giving the plant a somewhat scruffy look when it is not in flower or fruit. The leaves are deciduous in areas where cold or drought persist.
Small white flowers resembling diminutive single roses bloom from spring through much of summer, drawing a wide range of desert insect pollinators. These yield to unique feathery fruits that together give the plant a smokey look deep into fall.
This shrub does best in full sun and well-drained soil with occasional watering during drought. It benefits from light shade in hot desert climates. It is remarkably cold-hardy where happy. It is perfect for informal borders, and for ranches and large desert homesites where landscaping must dovetail with wildlands. This is a vital habitat plant within its range.
10 - 1
5 - 10
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Southwestern United States, Mexico
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant
Spring, Summer, Fall
Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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