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Cistus monspeliensis

Montpelier rock rose

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Cistus monspeliensis

Plant details

The montpelier rock rose, Cistus monspeliensis is an attractive, bushy, evergreen shrub with dark-green, narrow leaves and saucer-shaped white flowers with bright yellow stamens. It flowers in late spring, bridging the gap between spring and summer, before roses start to bloom in June.

For best results grow Cistus monspeliensis in full sun in well-drained soil. It's particularly well suited to growing in rock gardens and containers, and also works well when planted with other Mediterranean shrubs such as rosemary and lavender.

Family: Cistaceae

Genus: Cistus

Species: monspeliensis

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: April to June

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