Prince's Plume, Desert Plume, Golden Prince's Plume

Stanleya pinnata

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stanleya (STAN-lee-yuh) (Info)
Species: pinnata (pin-NAY-tuh) (Info)



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Foliage Color:



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

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Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntington, Arkansas

Buhl, Idaho

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salt Lake City, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 2, 2016, catincanada from Richmond Hill,
Canada wrote:

This plant, Stanleya pinnata, is a possible alternate host plant for cabbage white butterflies.

If you grow this plant, it is advisable to keep it away from crop plants in the brassica family to avoid attracting cabbage whites which will eat your brassica family crops.

Brassica family crops include cabbages, collards, swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts, mustard etc.

The nasturtium flower is also a member of the brassica family so you may not want to grow this near them either for the previously mentioned reason.


On May 29, 2015, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Per Jan Emming owner of the Destination:Forever Ranch and Gardens, a 40 acre desert botanical garden and sustainable living homestead in the Arizona desert with a nursery:

One of the most striking plants in bloom in the Four Corners and Colorado Plateau in the months of May and June is the Prince's plume (Stanleya pinnata), a large and conspicuous member of the mustard family. Parts of the Navajo Nation were covered in a singular mass display of these, a thing which I have never seen before since these plants tend to exist more as scattered individuals rather than as carpets. These scenes were captured along McElmo Creek in southwestern Colorado, which flows to the north of Ute Mountain and westwards from Cortez to the San Juan River. It had rained the night before, and the ... read more


On Jun 23, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I loved seeing these growing wild in Southern Utah, and the first year I planted it here in Northern Utah, it thrived in the sunlight with little water. The plumes were very floppy, though and often required staking.

It did not survive the winter, however. The soil might have been too heavy or too wet throughout the mild winter.


On Feb 18, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Slender stalks of yellow flowers atop tall, stout, smooth bluish-green, leafy stems.

Found in deserts and plains to lower mountains, often in sagebrush, from southeastern OR, to southeastern CA, east to the Great Plains from ND to west TX.


On Nov 18, 2002, fabfarmer wrote:

I have seen this plant growing in some very poor situations. Rocky soils, high alkalinity, full sun, and no additional water in the summer. I live in Farmington, NM and our annual precipitation is an average of only 10-12 inches a year. The last few years we have been in exteme draught conditions and this was one of the few wildflowers that came up and blossomed this year. The flower spikes can get pretty tall and the foliage is fairly attractive as well. I notice also that butterflies and bees like this plant.