ROCKROSE

FAMILY: Cistaceae | GENUS: CISTUS

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

These Mediterranean natives are carefree shrubs that grow well in limy soils and perform beautifully in dry-summer areas such as Southwest Texas, bloom- ing profusely for a month or more in spring or early summer. They need no fertilizer and very little water; if they will be watered, be sure to provide excellent drainage. Periodically prune out a few of the old stems to keep plants looking neat; tip-pinch young plants to make them bushy.

crimson-spot rockrose

cistus ladanifer

  • Compact growth to 35 feet high with equal spread.
  • Fragrant leaves to 4 inches long are dark green above, lighter beneath; 3 inches-wide flowers are white with a dark crimson spot at each petal base.
  • Selections include 'Blanche', to 812 feet high, 68 feet wide, with 4 inches white flowers; and 'Frank Birch', to 68 feet tall and wide, also with pure white, 4 inches blossoms.
  • Cistus l.
  • petiolatus 'Bennett's White' grows 46 feet high and wide; 34 inches flowers have wavy, crepe papertextured petals around a large cluster of yellow stamens.
  • Cistus l.
  • sulcatus latifolius is a lower grower (to 2 feet.) but has larger blooms (34 inches across).
  • Hybrids include 'Maculatus' (C.
  • x aguilarii 'Maculatus'), to 6 feet tall, 45 feet wide, with blooms prominently spotted in maroon.

laurel rockrose

cistus laurifolius

  • Stiff, erect growth to 46 feet high and wide.
  • Dark green, 5 inches leaves with pale undersides.
  • White, 2- to 212 inches flowers, in long-stalked clusters of three or more.
  • Good hedge or background shrub for dry areas.

orchid rockrose

cistus xpurpureus

  • Compact grower to 4 feet tall and wide.
  • Leaves 12 inches long, dark green above, gray and hairy beneath.
  • Reddish purple, 3 inches flowers with red spot at base of each petal.

cistus xskanbergii

  • Low, broad bush to 3 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
  • Gray-green, 2 inches leaves; pure pink, 1 inches flowers in great profusion.

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