Fallugia paradoxa – Apache Plume
Scientific Name: Fallugia paradoxa
Common Name: Apache Plume
Duration: Perennial, Evergreen
Growth Habit: Shrub
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Upland, Mountain. It grows in dry, sunny locations.
Flower Color: White
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer
Height: To 6 feet (1.8 m) tall
Description: The wild rose-like flowers have 5 petals and are 2 inches (5 cm) wide. The flowers are followed by dense, fluffy clusters of pinkish green, feathery seeds that fade to white as they mature. The leaves are small, alternate to clustered, fuzzy, and have 3 to 7 pinnate lobes and rolled under edges.
The similar Stansbury Cliffrose (Purshia stansburiana) has smaller flowers and fewer feathery seed plumes.
Butterfly Plant – The flowers attract butterflies and native bees.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Rosaceae – Rose family
Genus: Fallugia Endl. – Apache plume
Species: Fallugia paradoxa (D. Don) Endl. ex Torr. – Apache plume
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