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Feather Plume, Feather Dalea
Scientific Name: Dalea formosa Torr.
Family: Fabaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 7-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 0F (-17C)

Heat Tolerance: Very high

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southwestern USA (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), northwestern Mexico, in dry areas, and rocky slopes

Growth Habits: Shrubby semi-evergreen perennial, 18 inches to 3 feet tall (45-90 cm), up to 4 feet spread (1.2 m); small, light green, alternate, odd-pinnate leaves, 0.1 to 0.5 inches long (3-12 mm), 6-12 oblanceolate leaflets, 0.04-0.3 inches long (1-7 mm)

Watering Needs: Prefers dry, rather poor soils that helps it stay compact, needs good drainage, tolerates alkaline soils


Blooming Habits:
The Feather Plume bears a spectacular display of yellowish to rose-purple flowers, with yellow throat, surrounded by feather looking sepals. They come in spikes of 2 to 9 flowers in spring to fall.

Fruiting Habits:

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