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Hoary Rock-Rose

Cistus × incanus

Also known as

Rose Cistus

Cistus incanus03 by Esculapio (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Hoary Rock-Rose

A close up of a pink Cistus incanus flower
A pink Cistus incanus flower on a green plant
Two pink Cistus incanus flowers in nature
Some pink Cistus incanus flowers in the wild with green leaves

Hoary Rock-Rose Overview

Cistus × incanus is a hybrid created by crossing the plants Cistus albidus and Cistus crispus. It is a hardy evergreen shrub with pretty pink flowers which first appear in the summer. The seeds have a hard coating that allows them to stay viable for a long time until a fire cracks them open. The fast-growing seedlings are one of the first to grow after a fire and this plant typically grows to around 1.5m tall and wide. Well suited to plant in poor soils, this plant copes well with full sun and prefers a sheltered position for best results.

Common problems with Hoary Rock-Rose

Generally pest and disease free.

    Hoary Rock-Rose Companion Plants

    Plant alongside low growing shrubs with similar water requirements.

    How to harvest Hoary Rock-Rose

    Not usually harvested.

    How to propagate Hoary Rock-Rose


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


    Seeds in the autumn.

    Special features of Hoary Rock-Rose

    Pot plant

    The rock rose makes a good garden plant, it can also be grown in a large pot.

    Attractive flowers

    Drought resistant

    Grows with root microorganisms that help to absorb water and minerals.

    Other uses of Hoary Rock-Rose

    Grown for their succession of freely borne, short lived, showy flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.