Western Mountains and High Plains
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Favorite or New Plant
One of my most dependable hardy shrubs for a low-water zone in the landscape is the Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa). Native to the Southwest, it has remarkable pale pink to white blooms followed by feathery pink seed heads. The seed heads persist well into the winter, lending an architectural element to the garden.
Apache plume prefers full sun and a fairly dry soil. Growing it in a xeric (low-water) area is best, but it will tolerate moderate watering.