Purshia stansburyana, is native to the north edges of the Mojave desert to Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
The shrub blooms abundantly in white or cream-colored flowers with clawed petals; flowers are strongly and sweetly fragrant. A myriad of flowers is preceded by a myriad of spherical buds and is followed by a myriad of feathered seeds, the elongated styles. The fruit is an achene, a long plumelike structure up to 6 centimeters long. The tiny, five-lobed, leathery leaves of Purshia stansburyana have minute glandular dots and an acrid, quinine-like smell.