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Stanleya pinnata

Stanleya pinnata
(Prince’s Plume)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Woodlands, openings. Spring, summer.
Corona Arch Trail, Utah, May 5, 2005
Near the Four Corners, April 17, 2015.

Stanleya pinnata is always exotic and lovely; in some years it achieves majestic magnificence.
The plants pictured in the top photograph are over five feet tall; those in the second photograph are just three feet tall and were a tiny fraction of the thousands of Stanleya pinnata that line Highway 160 in Colorado east of the Four Corners in the spring.