(Common Gum Rockrose, Frank Birch Rockrose)
A relatively large rockrose that is also notable for its aromatic foliage and palm-sized white flowers, Cistus ladanifer is native to Southwest Europe and Northwest Africa. The flowers of the cultivar 'Frank Birch' lack the purple basal blotches typical of the species. The crinkled, five-petaled blooms appear in late spring and early summer, and sporadically at other seasons. A ruff of yellow stamens adorns each flower's center. The lance-shaped, fragrant, sticky leaves are dark green above...
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(Sageleaf Rockrose, White Rockrose)
This rockrose isn’t a true rose but a drought- adapted, large-flowered shrub from the Old World. It is found along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and further inland where winters are mild and rainy followed by a long, dry summer. The leaves are small, rough and gray-green, typical of many plants adapted to drought. They are are rich in potent oils once extracted as a substitute for the ancient perfumer’s ambergris.
These evergreen shrubs do their growing during the moist winter months. In...
Rockrose is a hardy, evergreen shrub. It is a natural hybrid between Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius, both native to the Mediterranean region. Shiny, sticky leaves are lance-shaped, opposite on the stem and have smooth to wavy margins. The lovely, papery, abundant, summer flowers are solitary and open for one day. They are roundish, flat, white with a red tint, have a center of bright gold stamens and reminiscent of wild roses. The stems and foliage have a pleasant, resinous...
(Crimson-Spot Rockrose, Rockrose)
Rockrose is a hardy, evergreen shrub. It is a natural hybrid between Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius, both native to the Mediterranean region. Shiny, sticky leaves are lance-shaped, opposite on the stem and have smooth to wavy margins. The lovely, papery, abundant, summer flowers are solitary and open for one day. The cultivar ‘Maculatus’ has flowers which are roundish, flat, white with a red to maroon spot at the base or each petal. The flowers have a center of bright gold...
(Rockrose, Sunset Rockrose)
This is a groundcover selection of orchid rockrose that is proving to be reliable for massing and covering a slope. A hybrid, ‘Sunset’ is the result of crossing pink-flowered Cistus albidius with the less hardy, magenta-flowered Cistus crispus to yield a richly-colored low-growing plant. Both parent species are native to southern Europe and adapted to the Mediterranean climate of mild wet winters and very long dry summers that has produced some of our most attractive drought-resistant...
The under-used and appreciated purple rockrose is a compact, shrubby perennial with narrow, soft green leaves. In spring and early summer, single papery lavender-pink flowers appear. These are rose-like and graced with large maroon blotches at the base of each petal.
Drought and heat-tolerant, this showy hybrid does best in full sun and average soil with good drainage. Prune plants in spring to remove damaged branches and control their growth and shape. Purple rockrose is perfect for dry rock...
James H. Schutte
This demure, pink-flowered rockrose is a prized, evergreen shrub for dry cottage gardens. It is a hybrid of Cistus parviflorus with Cistus monspeliensis, both native to southern Europe and adapted to a Mediterranean climate of mild, wet winters combine and long, dry summers, a combination that has produced some of our most attractive drought-resistant plants.
Though small, this shrub was once highly valued by Old World perfumers for the oil in its gray-green aromatic leaves....