Apache Plume

Genus Fallugia
Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Apache Plume (September 1999)
    -- along highway 95 in San Juan County, Utah

Apache Plume
(Fallugia paradoxa)

A shrub, four or five feet tall, which grows in dry rocky places among pinyons and junipers. The white flowers have 5 petals, and are about an inch and a half across. They start blooming in May or June, and continue through the summer.

Apache Plume (June 2003)
    -- Red Butte Garden

Each blossom has many pistils, and each pistil matures into a seed with a long feathery plume attached.

The bundle of plumes supposedly resembles a head-dress worn in some native American tribes.