Apache plume, Fallugia paradoxa
Fallugia paradoxa, Apache plume flowers.
Fallugia paradoxa, apache plume in a garden.
Apache plume, Fallugia paradoxa at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in adobe soil. Doing ok.
Joshua tree and Apache Plume out by the Nevada Border.
Even though Apache Plume will grow well in most California gardens, here is where is grows naturally. Out by Baker.
Apache Plume even looks great at 7000 ft. in a big Bear garden.
Apache Plume has white rose flowers, small leaves that are finely divided, fruits are plume-like. It grows normally to 3-4 feet, but can grow to 6 ft.. Native to deserts to S. Calif. east to Texas. It likes full sun. It is drought tolerant, but likes a little indirect summer water. Use as lacy screen. The Hopi Indians steep the leaves for a hair tonic. Probably best 10-15 feet from a watered area as we've lost several plants here from drought. In areas of summer thunder showers it should be drought tolerant. This plant is beautiful in desert gardens. One of the best. Showy with no care. Its usually used individually, which is too bad. I would love to try this as a high groundcover in an interior planting. It might be interesting with Salvia clevelandii or Salvia 'Pozo Blue'.
Having said all that, I found Apache Plume growing in part shade at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in adobe soil. Granted it was a native garden. It has also done fine at the Escondido Nursery.