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CISTUS ladanifer

Commonly known as Common gum cistus, Labdanum

White flowers with a dark red basal stain
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£13.50 each

Any 3+ for £11.00 each

Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2020
  • 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, to 10cm (4in) across have yellow centres.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun - sheltered site.
  • 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 - none.
  • Place of origin - southwestern Europe to northern Africa.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage - leaves exude a sweet, balsamic smell most evident in early morning in summer.
  • Seasonal Interest - Summer
  • 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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