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Cliffrose

Purshia stansburyana

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies, burds attracted to seeds
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
6-20' × 6-10'
Flowering Season April-September
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Lobed, fan shaped leaves covered in sticky glands
Fruit Clusters of decorative plumes with a single seed per plume
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Elevation Range 3000-8000 ft.
Description Cliffrose is related to Apache plume, and is similar in appearance with a few distinct differences. For starters, cliffrose can get substantially larger, ranging from 6-20'. The flowers are white and 5-petaled, but there are fewer seeds per cluster of achenes (dry single seeded fruit) then Apache plume. Flowers bloom most prolifically in the spring and exude a sweet, lilac aroma. Plants in habitat frequently live up to their name and occur on cliffs, steep rocky hillsides, or sandy plains. This species could make a lovely informal screen or hedge, and lends itself well to planting on mounds surrounded by lower shrubs and succulents. Deer and other wildlife are known to browse the foliage and flowers.