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Heath Cliffrose
Purshia ericifolia (Cowania ericifolia)


Limestone boulders and the crevices of cliffs in the Trans-Pecos mountains and Mexico are the preferred habitats for heath cliffrose. It is a straggling bush having intricate, spiny-tipped branches bearing linear, pointed, leathery leaves. Actually, it quite resembles apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa), but is easily distinguished by its very narrow, heath-like clustered leaves rather than the lobed leaves of apache plume. The flowers are white or yellowish with distinct stamens. The fruit is a hairy achene having a white plume-like tail.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white or yellow

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: hairy achenes

Height: 3 feet

Width: 2 to 4 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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