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Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume

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Description
Form: A multi-branched shrub with a casual, unkempt appearance.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 3-6' high.
Flowers: White flowers with 5 petals and yellow centers, 1-1.25" wide. Male and female flowers on separate plants.
Bloom: Spring through fall.
Fruit: Feathery, red and white seedheads.
Leaves: Tiny, dark green.
Stems: No thorns.
Roots: Wide and deep, tap root makes transplant difficult, sends up new shoots from central root.
Wildlife: Attracts pollinating insects. Used as shelter by birds. Browsed by deer.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Native to Southwestern United States and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 5-10.
Sunset climate zones: 2-23.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun. Avoid shade.
Water once established: Monthly.
Soil: Well drained, dry, pH 5.6-8.5 (acidic to alkaline).
Prune: Prune in winter - to thin out, or cut to ground after three years to rejuvenate.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Reseeds freely.
Uses: Ornamental. Erosion control on banks and slopes.

Comments
A member of the Rose family.



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