Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub, erect, to 8 ft (2.5 m) high. Slender branches, with buff and white exfoliating bark. Leaves are alternate, small, to 2 × 0.8 cm, deeply cut with 3-7 linear lobes. Flowers are mostly solitary, 2 cm across, at the end of branches, each with 5 white spreading petals and the center filled with numerous stamens and styles. After petal fall the styles become plume-like and lavender, each 3 to 5 cm long and attached to a single fruit (an achene). These feathery appendages assist in wind dispersal of the individual fruit (“seeds”).
- Full sun, tolerates alkaline soils, needs excellent drainage, especially in wet winter areas
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Its native range extends from southeastern California and southern Nevada, to southern Colorado, west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and to northern Mexico; it is found in arid habitats such as desert woodlands and scrub.
- Fallugia: for Abbot Virgilio Falugi of Vallombrosa, Italian botanist. paradoxa: paradoxical, contrary to expectations
- Oregon State University campus: southeast of Benton Hall, east of a Baldcypress.