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Growing Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume

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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. Individual plants have either male and female flowers.
Bloom: Spring through fall.
Fruit: Seeds with red and white feathery plumes.
Leaves: Tiny, dark green.
Stems: No thorns.
Roots: Wide and deep, with a taproot. New shoots emerge from the 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.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun. Avoid shade.
Water once established: Monthly. It needs light watering more often in dry regions during the hottest months of the year.
Soil: Well drained, dry, pH 5.6-8.5 (acidic to alkaline).
Prune: Thin out in winter, or cut to the ground after three years to rejuvenate.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Reseeds freely.
Uses: Ornamental. Erosion control on banks and slopes.

This plant is a member of the Rose family (Rosaceae).

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Latest update: February, 2019.

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Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume