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Purshia stansburyana, Cowania stansburiana, Cowania mexicana, Stansbury's Cliffrose

Purshia stansburyana, Cowania stansburiana, Cowania mexicana

Stansbury's Cliffrose
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Dryadoideae
Origin: North America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsWhite/off-white flowersFragrant

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.

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