• Scientific name: Purshia stansburiana
  • Establishes well and thrives in harsh conditions
  • Very drought tolerant
  • Can form dense forests and large stands
  • Stands can stretch for many miles
  • Cliffrose blossoms produce delicious honey

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.

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Cliffrose, AKA Stansbury Cliffrose (Purshia stansburiana) is an evergreen perennial 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 frequently shares habitat with Mahogany. It is found on cliffs, hillsides and mesas but also in washes. It most commonly occurs on limestone shallow dry soils on rocky slopes, foothills and mesas from 2,500 – 8,500 ft. elevation. It is very drought tolerant. Associated species are Utah juniper, pinyon pine, big sagebrush, gambel oak.

Cliffrose is generally heavy-branched with a rounded crown but is also often found growing with a single centralized trunk. It flowers from April to June. It reproduces from seed.  Twigs and branches are very bitter. The bark is green to reddish-brown when young, becoming black, scaly, and shreddy later. Wood is hard, heavy, and brown.

Establishes well and thrives in harsh conditions. It is frequently used as a reclamation species for disturbed sites.

Cliffrose is an important browse species for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, desert bighorn sheep, livestock, game birds, and songbirds. Wild ungulates and livestock use it heavily in winter; it is the principle winter browse species on the Kaibab Plateau. Livestock may use it only lightly in spring and summer if deciduous browse species are available. Rodents eat the seeds. Elk and other large ungulates use Stansbury cliffrose for bedding cover.Provides very good cover for wildlife and is nutritious for livestock and wildlife especially in winter ranges.

Can form dense forests and large stands that stretch for miles. These stands are sought after by beekeepers as cliffrose blossoms produce delicious honey. Also makes an interesting and long lived bonsai specimen. It is also used in ornamental landscaping.

Previously known as Cowania mexicana stansburiana (COMES).

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Purshia stansburiana
  • Cowania mexicana
  • Cliffrose

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