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Plant of the week Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa is a medium-sized shrub that produces flowers and seed heads profusely throughout the summer months. Its lacy, silver-gray foliage is semi-evergreen. In the spring, white rose-like flowers bloom at the tips of its slender branches, and are followed by feathery, silver-pink seed heads. This shrub can grow up to 5’ tall and wide. Apache Plume is native to the deserts and dry mesas of Southern California to Texas. Native American tribes brewed tea from its leaves to promote hair growth. Its common name was derived from its feathery seed heads, which are said to resemble Apache headdresses. Fallugia paradoxa is an excellent shrub for our hot and dry climate. It is very showy with almost no care. It is drought tolerant, but prefers some additional water in the summer months. It will not survive with over watering. Apache Plume is useful as a screen, accent plant, for erosion control, and in roadways and parking lots. It is hardy to zone 3. Durango Nursery and Supply sells Fallugia paradoxa in #5 pots. Please call us with any questions at 259-8800.
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