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Apache Plume
Fallugia paradoxa
  
About Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa) 22 Nurseries Carry This Plant Fallugia is a monotypic genus of shrub in the Rosaceae (Rose) family, containing the single species Fallugia paradoxa, which is known by the common names Apache Plume and Ponil. This plant is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it is found in arid habitats such as desert woodlands and scrub. In California it is restricted to a small area of desert mountains in San Bernardino and Inyou Counties. Apache plume is an erect shrub not exceeding two meters in height. It has light gray or whitish peeling bark on its many thin branches. The leaves are each about a centimeter long and deeply lobed with the edges rolled under. The upper surface of the leaf is green and hairy and the underside is duller in color and scaly. The flower of the shrub is roselike when new, with rounded white petals and a center filled with many thready stamens and pistils. The ovary of the flower remains after the white petals fall away, leaving many plumelike lavender styles, each 3 to 5 centimeters long. The plant may be covered with these dark pinkish clusters of curling, feathery styles after flowering. Each style is attached to a developing fruit, which is a small achene. The fruit is dispersed when the wind catches the styles and blows them away. This plant is considered valuable for erosion control in desert areas where it grows. It is also a good choice for arid and semi-arid gardens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3.3 - 6.6 ft tall
6 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Lavender, Pink, White, Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Reportedly favored as browse material by some mammals such as deer and bighorn sheep

 
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Hemileuca neumoegeni Image
Hemileuca neumoegeniHemileuca neumoegeni

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Typically coarse sand or decomposed granite. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other high Desert species such as Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis or monophylla), Juniper (Juniperus californica or osteosperma), Brittlebush (Encelia actonii or farinosa), Desert Agave (Agave deserti), Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi), and Chia (Salvia columbariae). Also compatible with many chaparral and coastal sage scrub plants.

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry, rocky slopes of desert mountains up to 5,000 ft.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.4" - 13.0", Summer Precipitation: 1.26" - 3.28", Coldest Month: 39.3" - 52.4", Hottest Month: 61.8" - 78.8", Humidity: 4.60" - 31.12", Elevation: 2620" - 7763"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Apacheplume, Ponil


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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