Stanleya pinnata

Latin Name: Stanleya pinnata
Common Name: Prince's Plume, Desert or golden Plume, Sentinel of the Plains
Mature Height (ft): 3-6'
Mature Width: 18-30"

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Upright and stately.
Mulch: Inorganic.

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Elegant and stately desert perennial. Soft light blue green leaves. Stalks can tower above desert shrubs to 5-6 feet, but usually 2-4 feet, with racemes of yellow flowers similar to cleome or spider plant flowers in springtime. Requires excellent drainage and lean soils. Thrives on selenium rich soils. Native to canyonlands in SW U.S.

Use in Garden

Cactus, high desert, native and xeric gardens with good to sharp drainage.


Cut off stalks at winter's end.