May 4, 2016

Apache plume

Its botanical name is Fallugia paradoxa. This is a native southwest shrub and I planted it in a couple of places in the yard, mostly because it is one of the few shrubs that is available at Tucson plant nurseries. By the way, the popular name refers to the seed head which resembles an Indian headdress.

I wonder what the "paradoxa" refers to? Pro: it is an easily grown plant that looks good in the landscape, has flowers and an interesting seedhead? Con: it produces an incredible amount of seeds that take hold close by and the seedlings are difficult to get rid of? Don't get me wrong, I like Apache plume, but the carpet of seeds below it right now is a bit daunting. Mom is so very generous!

Here is the plant in our driveway circle, its bloom and seed head, and all those seeds just waiting to be carried on our Spring winds and sprout somewhere else.

A little bonus: a blooming Santa Rita cactus right next to it, also in the driveway circle.


webb said...

Wow! clearly, i'm not familiar with either plant, but they sure are pretty.

I feel like i fight that weedy, seedy problem all the time. Every time i find a nice new plant (primrose comes to mind), i discover that it wants to seed itself everywhere. Sometimes i feel like i spend more time weeding out "good" plants than planting new ones. How do you feel about RoundUp?

Hope things are good there. The weather has been miserable here for two weeks -rain and temps in the high 50's/low 60's when it should be mid-70's ... at least. Feel like i am molding! love to the horses and hubby.0

Anneke said...

I try not to "police" the weeds too much. If it is pretty but in the wrong spot I will leave it for a bit in hopes of it sprouting up in a better place next year and then take care of the original. But there are limits (and a 5 acre "house site") and Roundup is certainly used here. Sparingly and with care, but we need some modicum of order: controlled mayhem comes to mind.

Warming up here (70's and 80's) but windy as in every Spring. Wind makes everybody irritable :-).