Botanical Harvest: Cliffrose (Purshia mexicana)

Desert plants protect their beauty with thorny spines and bitter leather.  Fierce and unapproachable or sometimes just nondescript, these plants hold back until the spring’s warmth or monsoon rains break all restraint and carpet the desert in glory and flower, the air thick with perfume.  Cliffrose is no different.  Rather unnoticeable most of the year, in May, this leathery leaved desert shrub cloaks head to toe in beautifully fragrant blooms.

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