The Cliff Rose is a
of the Rose Family.
is a medium size shrub or small tree with shredded bark which grows to
between 8-20 feet in height.
Leaves are dark green on top and whitish beneath with a waxy coating to 1
inch in length. The plant typically grows
in desert grasslands and pine/juniper forests in dry rocky soil at elevations between
3500 - 8000 feet.
Cliff Rose is often browsed in
the winter by deer and
cattle. Native Americans used strips of the plants stringy bark to
construct mats and clothing.
Cliff Rose typically blooms between
April - September and produces a cream colored flower with 5 petals
and a yellow center to 1 inch in width, followed by 5 - 10 fruits to
0.25 inches in length.