Waxflower (Jamesia americana var. americana)
Location: Lookout Mountain, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
This perennial shrub is a member of the Hydrangea family. In some regions, the plant is called Fivepetal Cliffbush. It is drought tolerant and the fragrant flowers attract birds, bees, and butterflies.
According to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Jamesia americana var. americana is native to several states in the western United States, including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. It can be found growing wild in drier areas, but it is also becoming a popular xeriscaping plant in the southwestern US.