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White-Leaved Rock Rose

Cistus albidus

Also known as

Grey-Leaf Cistus, Rock rose, White-leaved rock rose

Cistus albidus (flower) 1 by Lumbar (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Half-hardy

H5-H3

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of White-Leaved Rock Rose

A pink purple Cistus albidus flower in the wild
A close up of a pink purple Cistus albidus flower and leaves
A close up of a pink purple Cistus albidus flower with insect and leaves

White-Leaved Rock Rose Overview

Cistus albidus is a compact, bushy evergreen shrub that produces bright pink flowers. It originates from Southwestern Europe and the western region of North Africa. This species typically grows to around 1m high, producing pale green-grey, white-felted foliage. Flowers have 5 papery, spreading petals coloured a soft rose-lilac colour, with bright golden-yellow stamens in the centre. This plant and Cistus crispus were used to create the hybrid Cistus × incanus.

How to propagate White-Leaved Rock Rose

Seed

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings. Take 10-15cm long cuttings and remove bottom half og the leaves. Place in well-draining soil mixture.

Special features of White-Leaved Rock Rose

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Nectar and pollen-rich flowers, which attract bees and other beneficial insect pollinators.

Other uses of White-Leaved Rock Rose

Rocky areas, borders.