Stanleya pinnata (Pursh) Britton
Prince’s Plume, Desert Princesplume
Prince’s plume is a hardy, drought-tolerant North American native plant. They like soils rich in selenium, which they accumulate to some degree. This imparts an unpleasant odor to crushed leaves or stems of plants growing in such soils.
Identification: Plants are up to 5' (1.5 m) in height. Leaves are mostly basal, grayish- or bluish-green in color, often with a white, waxy coating. They are pinnate, and lanceolate. Basal leaves are 2-6" (5-15 cm) long; upper leaves are smaller and may not be divided. Flowers are yellow, on long racemes that bloom from the bottom up, over many weeks or months. The stalks remain for a long period after blooming. Flowers are ¼-¾" (8.4-19 mm) in size, appearing from July to September. Seedpods are 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long.
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Stanleya pinnata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 6 Nov 2013.