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Jamesia americana (Fivepetal cliffbush)
Anderson, Wynn

Jamesia americana

Jamesia americana Torr. & A. Gray

Fivepetal Cliffbush, Cliffbush

Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Cliffbush is a member of the hydrangea family (family Hydrangeaceae) which includes mainly small trees or shrubs, sometimes herbs, with flowers often in roundish or flattish clusters, sometimes in heads.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 12 feet tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , UT , WY

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Jamesia americana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Jamesia americana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Jamesia americana


Record Modified: 2023-04-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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