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Natural History

Apache-Plume is a member of the Rose Family. It appears as a shrub which grows to 6 feet in height and it has 3/4 inch grayish green leaves which are divided into 3 to 7 lobes. The plant typically grows in clearings in dry washes and on hillsides at elevations between 4000 - 8000 feet.

Native Americans used the stems of the Apache-Plume for arrow shafts.

Apache-Plume typically blooms between April - October and produces a white flower with five petals that are 2 inches wide followed by a pinkish feathery plume. The shrub acts as an erosion deterrent along stream banks and is browsed by goats and deer.

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