Fallugia Species, Apache Plume

Fallugia paradoxa

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fallugia (fah-LEW-gee-uh) (Info)
Species: paradoxa (par-uh-DOKS-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Fallugia acuminata
Synonym:Fallugia mexicana
Synonym:Geum paradoxum
Synonym:Sieversia paradoxa



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

Medium Green


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Broomfield, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Delta, Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado

Boise, Idaho (2 reports)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

High Rolls Mountain Park, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

El Paso, Texas

Rockwall, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah (2 reports)

Sandy, Utah

Santaquin, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

West Jordan, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 7, 2018, GardenTexana from Rockwall, TX wrote:

Surprisingly this plant seems happy enough in my zone 8a heavy clay. It was planted 3 years ago and is about 2 ft x 2 ft. It is a very pretty plant when in bloom and the fluffy seed heads provide great texture. While a Southwest US native, it is not native to North Texas - but the pollinators dont seem to mind. It has not spread and I have not seen any seedlings.


On Nov 29, 2013, MurrayTX from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This can be found in the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden enjoying both part and full sun. It can grow to be 5 ft tall and 4 feet wide, needs minimal care, and does not seem to suffer in the winter. It should be more common than it is, and wildlife seem to love it.


On Jun 16, 2013, duvalderay from Boise City, ID wrote:

Beautiful xeric plant, and very durable. Despite having a taproot, I was able to transplant a third year plant successfully last year.


On Aug 15, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a lovely and drought resistant native plant here in New Mexico. It is now used for xeric landscaping. It is only striking when the seeds form and the bush is covered with pink "plumes" attached to the seed. Grows easily from seed.