CISTUS

Commonly known as Rock rose

All Flower JUN-AUG

Genus of 19 species of evergreen shrubs from dry, stony soils in the Canary Islands, northern Africa, Turkey and southern Europe.

Grown for their saucer-shaped, 5-petalled white to dark-pink flowers. Often short-lived.

C. ladanifer (western Mediterranean) is the source of labdanum, a sticky brown resin used in history as incense. It was gathered by combing the fleeces of goats and sheep which grazed on the shrubs. In the present it is used in perfumery as a subsitute for ambergris (the sperm whale being endangered) and in the tobacco flavourings in electronic cigarette liquid.

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
  • Dwarf shrub
    Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Each bloom lasts only one day. Good for coastal gardens.
    Place of origin
    Canary Islands, northern Africa, Turkey, southern Europe.
  • Wildlife
    Butterfly friendly
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CISTUS x aguilarii 'Maculatus'

CISTUS x aguilarii 'Maculatus'

Rock rose

white

 
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CISTUS x argenteus 'Silver Pink

CISTUS x argenteus 'Silver Pink

Rock rose

peach pink, very hardy

 
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CISTUS x corbariensis

CISTUS x corbariensis

Rock rose

pure white

 
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CISTUS creticus

CISTUS creticus

Rock Rose

purple to rose flowers with a yellow centre and hairy stems

 
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CISTUS crispus

CISTUS crispus

Curled-leaved rock rose

pink-purple

 
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CISTUS x dansereaui 'Decumbens'

CISTUS x dansereaui 'Decumbens'

Rock rose

white flowers with or without crimson blotches

 
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CISTUS ladanifer

CISTUS ladanifer

Common gum cistus, Labdanum

white flowers with a dark red basal stain

 
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CISTUS x obtusifolius 'Thrive'

CISTUS x obtusifolius 'Thrive'

Rock rose

tough, evergreen shrub with yellow-centred white flowers

 
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CISTUS pulverulentus 'Sunset'

CISTUS pulverulentus 'Sunset'

Rock rose

cerise pink flowers

 
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CISTUS x purpureus

CISTUS x purpureus

Rock rose

rosy-crimson flowers with a maroon blotch at the base

 
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CISTUS x purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

CISTUS x purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

Rock rose

white flowers with red marks at the base of each petal. Often has some flowers which revert in part to rosy-crimson

 
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CISTUS x skanbergii

CISTUS x skanbergii

Rock rose

clear pink

 
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Not available until May 2024 -

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