Cliffrose blooming against the Painted Desert.

NPS/Hallie Larsen

Cliffrose (Purshia stansburiana) is a very fragrant member of the Rosaceae (Rose Family). The shrubs can be quite large with dark green, resinous leaves. The white dots on the leaves are glands with a sharp odor. The masses of five-petaled flowers, from white to yellow, become feathery seeds. To see cliffroses in the park visit Tawa Point. They bloom late May into early June.
Cliffrose flowers, cream against dark green leaves.

NPS/Hallie Larsen


Last updated: July 25, 2021

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