Stansbury Cliffrose is an evergreen shrub averaging 4-12′, but is found in tree form as tall as 20′. It is found in CA, NV, UT, CO, AZ and NM and shares the habitat with Mahogany. It is commonly found on on shallow dry soils on rocky slopes, foothills and mesas from 4,000 – 8,000 ft. elevation. Cliffrose can form dense forests and large stands that stretch for miles. These stands are sought after by beekeepers as cliffrose blossoms produce delicious honey.

It establishes well and thrives in harsh conditions and is commonly used as a reclamation species for disturbed sites. Provides very good cover for wildlife and is nutritious for livestock and wildlife especially in winter ranges.

Previously known as Cowania mexicana stansburiana (COMES).