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CISTUS

Commonly known as Rock rose

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

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
    Sticky, lance-shaped, wavy-margined, bright-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
  • Height
    1.2m (4ft)
  • Spread
    1.2m (4ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Rounded shrub. Flowers, to 8cm (3in) across, have golden-yellow stamens.
  • Full sun
    Sheltered site.
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - insects, butterflies.
    Pests & Diseases
    None.
    Place of origin
    Southwestern Europe, northern Africa.
  • Soil Conditions
    Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
    Generally lime tolerant, but can become chlorotic on chalky soils.
  • Wildlife
    Butterfly friendly
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1.2m (4ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1.2m (4ft)
 

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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 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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