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