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Purshia mexicana (Mexican cliffrose)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Purshia mexicana

Purshia mexicana (D. Don) Henrickson

Mexican Cliffrose, Chinacates, Chivatillo, Romerillo Cimarră³N, Romero, Romero Cedro

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Cowania mexicana, Cowania mexicana var. dubia

USDA Symbol: pume

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: Arizona south to Guanajuato and Hidalgo in central Mexico. Some authorities say also native in California.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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