Apache Plume

Fallugia paradoxa

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Shrub
Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Description: This showy shrub is named after its airy, pink, plumed, silky seedheads that stay with the plant for months preceded by white-rose flowers blooming during late spring and summer. Full sun and dry conditions are this shrub's native habitat. Growth is moderate up to 4 feet wide and tall.


Maintenance Type: Shrub - Renewal
Plant Care: Shrub - Renewal (woody multi-stemmed plants that lose their leaves every winter and look best on younger stems, which emerge from the base of the plant): Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring for most shrubs. With spring blooming shrubs, prune after the blooms are spent. When pruning, remove 1/3rd of the oldest branches by cutting at the base of the shrub. Monitor for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 4' tall and wide
Utah Native: Yes
Plant Select: Yes
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Foundation Plant, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Dark Green, Silver-green
Bloom Colors: Pink, White
Bloom Seasons: Early Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Jul

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 10
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Commercial Concepts
    • Education Center Parking
  • Design Path
    • Design Ideas-West
    • Scene or Unseen
  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • A Desert with Altitude

Garden Staff Tips & Insights:

The seed heads are just as showy as the flowers are. This shrub can be cut back to six inches every other year or so to make it look more tidy.
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter