Apache Plume, Ponil
Apache-plume is a slender, upright, deciduous to semi-evergreen, multi-branched shrub, 2-6 ft. tall, with grayish-white, pubescent branches. A shrub with white flowers and silvery puffs of fruit heads borne at the tips of very dense, intertangled, twiggy, slender branches. Dark green leaves (silver beneath) contrast well with the loose clusters of fragile, white, apple blossom-like flowers. Distinctive, pink, feathery plumes characterize the persistent fruit.
These rather thick shrubs appear unkempt, but in full flower their white petals are attractive against the dark foliage. Fruit clusters with feathery, purplish tails said to resemble Apache headdress.
Leaves: Small, yellow-green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Dry, rocky slopes; open woods; dry washes; 3000 to 8000 ft.
An important forage plant for wild animals. Nectar-insects, Cover, Nesting site, Nesting material, Browse
USA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT
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