Cliff Rose (Cowania mexicana)

Cliff Rose (Cowania mexicana) (164777 bytes) Cliff Rose (Cowania mexicana) is an upright, open shrub with irregular, gnarled branches. Native to western U.S., it is hardy to zone 4. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun, and has low water needs once established. Drought tolerant.
cliff rose foliage (5045 bytes) Leaves are wedge-shaped, small, and have 3 to 5 lobes. The color is a deep blue-green and they look similar to evergreens.
cliff rose blossom(26611 bytes) Flowers are pale yellow, rose-like and fragrant. They are profuse in spring and continue to bloom sparsely until fall.
cliff rose seeds (5553 bytes) Seeds are attractive white-feathery plumes that persist into winter.
cliff rose branches (38705 bytes) Branches are irregular and gnarled.
cliff rose bark (4964 bytes) Bark is shreddy and light brown.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook


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