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Cistus salviifolius

Rock rose

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Fiona Lea, copyright GAP Photos (102118)

Plant details

This is an attractive little shrub, with sage-like, grey-green foliage, bears white flowers with yellow centres throughout the summer. It enjoys well-drained soil in a sunny spot. In areas prone to frost, it needs winter protection.

Family: Cistaceae

Genus: Cistus

Species: salviifolius

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

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