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November 30, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Apache Plume

APache Plume on the High Desert

Apache Plume on the High Desert

The Apache Plume is a true desert plant, found in all four southwestern United States’ desert regions – Sonoran, Chihuahuan, Mojave, and Great Basin. Though it has white, five petaled flowers (very much like the wild rose I see throughout the Midwest) the true fascination I have with this plant comes from its thick, wild, silky seed heads – pink fluffy plumes that look very frazzled and blow in even the slightest of winds.

Talk about always having a bad hair day!!!

These plants, little shrubs actually, were in bloom all over the high desert when we were traveling in early October. I admired them while hiking near Wupatki National Monument, about 40 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. This desert stuff – there is much to admire!


  1. suehenryphotography / Dec 1 2008 7:01 pm

    Bad hair day. Perfect description!

  2. Anna Surface / Dec 2 2008 7:32 am

    Neat, glowy and pink strands in its frazzled way. 🙂

  3. Gandalf / Dec 2 2008 10:04 am

    This reminds me of rice noodles. (It must be getting close to lunch time.) I love the shot.

  4. Amelia / Dec 2 2008 9:40 pm

    That is sure a wild wildflower!!!

  5. Robin / Dec 4 2008 1:20 pm

    I have to agree with you about desert stuff. I hope to get out to some desert somewhere in the next year.

    I think the Apache Plume has better hair than I do. 😉

    Very cool shot, Bo. I like the way the strands almost look electric.

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