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Common Gum Rockrose
A relatively large rockrose that is also notable for its aromatic foliage and large flowers, this native of Southwest Europe and Northwest Africa bears its palm-sized white blooms in late spring and early summer. It may produce a few blossoms at other seasons. Each of the five crinkled petals has a maroon blotch at its base. A ruff of yellow stamens adorns the flower's center. The lance-shaped, fragrant, sticky leaves are dark green above and gray beneath. They are borne on erect stems that eventually reach head height.
This sun-loving shrub likes well drained soil and needs relatively dry summers. It resents excessive heat, cold, or humidity. Overly moist or fertile soil will shorten its life. This beautiful and drought-tolerant rockrose is perfect for dry slopes, borders, and rock gardens.
The aromatic oil of this plant was once a coveted substitute for the ancient perfumer’s ambergris.
10 - 7
7 - 10
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3'-7' / 0.9m - 2.1m
4'-7' / 1.2m - 2.1m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Southern Europe, Northern Africa
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Green, Gray Green, Dark Green
Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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