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FALLUGIA paradoxa

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Maureen Gilmer

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

FALLUGIA paradoxa

Plant Common Name

Apache Plume

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No