Botanical Name: Purshia mexicana stansburyana
Common Name: Cliff Rose  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Perennial


Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Spring, Summer





Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Silhouette


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Cliffrose generally grows to about 6' tall and wide, although some specimens can reach up to 15' tall. Waves of creamy yellow fragrant flowers in spring and summer add considerable intrest to this plant. Very useful in higher elevation areas, but can be grown in the low desert as well. Fall, fruit is long feathery plumes. Long lived and drought tolerant, demands well drained sites. Native on dry slopes across SW USA 3-8000'
hardy to -20f