Apache Plume

Apache Plume is a slender and upright shrub of the Rose family that can grow to 2-6 feet tall.

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Rosales Rosaceae Fallugia Fallugia paradoxa

  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous Shrub.
  • Common Name: Apache Plume.
  • Colors: Pinkish white
  • Flower Dimensions: 2 inches.
  • Flowering Seasons/Months: Spring and fall (May-December).
  • Deserts with Apache Plume: Mojave, Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Sonoran

Apache Plume Characteristics

Apache Plume Desert Flower

  • Apache Plume’s flowers are pinkish-white and attractive in combination with their dark foliage. Their leaves are about 1 cm in length.
  • The flower of the Apache Plume is rose-like. The petals are rounded. The nectar from the flower commonly attracts wasps.
  • The branches of the Apache plume possess light gray or whitish peeling bark.
  • The fruit of Apache Plume has distinctive, pink, and feathery plumes.

Apache Plume Desert Plant

Interesting Facts about Apache Plume

Apache Plume F

  • An unidentified Penicillium sp. was isolated from the rhizosphere of the Apache Plume (F. paradoxa) during the conduction of research[1]. It was found that this fungus produces cytotoxic substances.
  • According to an article[2], the growth of the Apache Plume involves many entangled branches. These branches give the plant an unkept appearance. In the desert, the Apache plume is an essential plant for soil erosion control.
  • Fallugia paradoxa is called Apache Plume[3] because the feathery seed clusters resemble Indian feather headdresses.
  • Apache Plume is a highly tolerant plant. It is also hardy to a temperature of negative 30 degrees.
  • Apache Plume[4] is used in traditional medicine. It can promote hair growth. The roots are used for coughs, and spring twigs treat spring fever and indigestion.

Apache Plume Flowers

Suggested Reading: Types of Flowers

Fallugia Paradoxa

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Key References
  • [1]“A New Anthraquinone and Cytotoxic Curvularins of a Penicillium sp. from the Rhizosphere of Fallugia paradoxa of the Sonoran Desert”. Accessed September 10, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Apache Plume-A Desert Rose – ProQuest”. Accessed September 10, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Apache Plume”. Accessed September 10, 2022. Link.
  • [4]“Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas at Austin”. Accessed September 10, 2022. Link.

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