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Description

Apache plume is an evergreen shrub with tiny leaves, upright branching, white flowers and amazing feather-like seed clusters. This desert native can grow 4-5 ft. tall and as wide, and is best suited to sunny locations and well-draining conditions with low amounts of supplemental water.

Apache plume is often combined with other California natives in desert and sage scrub planting schemes. It fits nicely with palo verde and mesquite trees, desert lavender, desert encelia, chuparosa, desert fairy duster and golden barrel cactus. It provides a long season of landscape interest due to its white flowers and persistent seed clusters.

Water Needs

The Apache plume performs best in Inland Empire gardens mostly with normal winter rainfall. It easily adapts to our warm and dry summertime conditions; only periodic irrigation is recommended. The chart shown below provides a baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 4 ft. - 5 ft.
Width: 4 ft. - 5 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Flowering accent plant, California native, Borders, Banks, Background plant

Maintenance

These tough and very low maintenance plant have a naturally dense bushy form. No pruning or specific maintenance is generally needed (S).

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