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Apache Plume

By Kerrie Badertscher, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Horticulture

Are you looking for an interesting shrub to add to your xeriscape, or water saving, garden? You may want to consider Apache Plume.

This shrub has been a favorite of designers for years and is becoming more available at local nurseries. The Apache Plume, or Fallugia paradoxa, is a native shrub of the Southwest. It has remarkable pale, pink to white blooms followed by feathery pink seed heads. The seed heads persist well into the winter, lending an architectural element to the garden.

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This shrub prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Growing the shrub in a xeric (low-water) area is best, but it will tolerate moderate watering. As a native of Colorado, this plant is hardy to about 7,000 feet and USDA zones 4 to 8. Although the plant isn't particular about soil types, it will perform best in sandy soil or clay loam. The overall size for the plant is 4 feet to 6 feet in height and width. The Apache Plume is a featured plant in the 2002 Plant Select program for the Rocky Mountain and Plains states.

Photographs courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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