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Cistus laurifolius

Rock rose

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

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photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (62323)

Plant details

The hardiest species and a very attractive one too. It has somewhat sticky, dark blue-green, leathery leaves, and bears a succession of pure white flowers with a prominent yellow centres, from June to August. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Cistaceae

Genus: Cistus

Species: laurifolius

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

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