CISTUS ladanifer

Commonly known as Common gum cistus, Labdanum

White flowers with a dark red basal stain
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Sticky, lance-shaped, aromatic, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
  • Red
    With red stain at base
  • White
  • Height
    2m (6½ft)
  • Spread
    1.5m (5ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Upright habit. Flowers are produced singly at the tips of sideshoots
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
    Sheltered site.

CISTUS ladanifer

Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
£14.50 each 

Any 3+ for £12.00 each
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2022
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    an oleo-resin obtained from the leaves is used as a flavouring. Also used in the perfume industry where it is used as an acceptable substitute for ambergris.
    Medicinal properties
    Labdanum is an expectorant used for the treatment of catarrh and has antibiotic effects.
    Pests & Diseases
    Place of origin
    Southwestern Europe to northern Africa.
  • Flower Shape
    To 10cm (4in) across
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Suitable for open site, slightly back from the sea
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
    (see photos above)
  • Scented Plants
    Scented foliage
    Leaves exude a sweet, balsamic smell most evident in early morning in summer.
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
    Generally lime tolerant, but can become chlorotic on chalky soils.
  • Wildlife
    Butterfly friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.5m (5ft)

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