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Purshia mexicana (Cliff Rose)

Purshia mexicana
Cliff Rose

This evergreen member of the rose family bears a strong resemblance to Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa) but becomes more treelike. As it matures, it develops a unique, irregular, twisted form. Although it has the potential to grow to 15 feet tall, it is quite slow growing, and most plants are only 5 to 6 feet tall. The small leaves are dark green above and woolly white below. They have tiny red glandular dots, unlike those of Apache plume. Fragrant creamy yellow flowers cover the shrub in spring and summer. In the fall, fruit with long feathery plumes glow when backlit by the sun. Cliff rose is very long-lived and drought tolerant, but demands well-drained soil. Native on dry slopes of the southwestern U.S., it is very useful as a landscape plant in high desert regions.

Plant Type Shrub
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Spring, Summer
Growth Rate Slow
Height 5 (ft)
Spread 8 (ft)
Spacing 5' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen
Attracts Bees, Birds, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Mass Planting
Tolerance Dry Soil, Heat
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
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