The Antelope Bush, Purshia plicata, is related to the Cliff Rose, and native to the Chihuahuan Desert and down into northeast Mexico. While a native to Arizona, it prefers higher elevations than the low desert. If you live above 3500 feet near Tucson or Green Valley, this is a suitable shrub for sun to part shade locations.
While not a rose bush by any means, the Antelope Bush does produce beautiful rose-pink flowers. This is a very low water use shrub, with the mature size varying anywhere from 3 feet to six feet tall and wide. The leaves are dark green. The fruits following the flowers are feathery and interesting additions to the plant character.
Antelope Bush would make an attractive specimen plant, or use with other high-desert natives such as the Cliff Rose and some of the tough agave species that thrive in colder areas of Arizona. Make sure to give it good drainage. While a low water use plant in the wild, it will need supplemental irrigation to grow in a landscape situation.
Reference: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Gregg Starr Nursery Plant Info Sheet, 1999.