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Apache Plume



An evergreen shrub growing up to 6 feet high. It is more shrub- like appearance, having numerous branches at the base. Its small grayish, downy leaves are innately divided into linear divisions, attached alternately on slender stems, and curved slightly downward. Fruit heads are silvery puffs and the plumes are white or pinkish. A white rose like flower with yellow centers blooms April through June. It prefers gravelly soils and is found on rocky slopes and hillsides. It has poor palatability that is sometime grazed when other forages are limited. Found throughout the Southwest in deserts.