Cistus

Cistus, commonly called Rockrose, is native to the Mediterranean region, which is similar in climate to the coastal sage scrub and coastal chaparral of California. The genus consists of a large group of evergreen shrubs that respond to winter rains with intense spring blooms of tissue-paper-like flowers ranging in color from white to pink to purple. Some species have contrasting dark spots at the base of the petals that add interest to the flowers. Rockroses vary in size and shape, from low-growing, spreading shrubs to tall upright species. Generally, they fare best in coastal regions where humidity and cooler summer temperatures relieve the harshness of the hot, dry summer. Some varieties can tolerate low desert conditions, though it is advisable to place them in microclimates that give some protection from aridity and extreme heat.

REQUIREMENTS: Cistus prefer well-drained soil with low to moderate amounts of water and will tolerate poor soils, cold ocean winds and desert heat.

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  • Cistus 'Bennett's White' 1g
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    Cistus 'Bennett's White' 1g

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    A compact, white flowering hybrid of the sturdy evergreen shrub Rockrose which tolerates poor soil, high heat, high wind, and even salt spray. Spring through early summer it’s covered in rose-colored buds that open to large, pure white, crepe-paper-like...
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  • Cistus 'Sunset' 1g
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    A hybrid of Cistus albidus and Cistus crispus, ‘Sunset’ is a low mounding form of Rockrose popular for its dazzling spring and summer flower display. An evergreen shrub that tolerates poor soil, high heat, high wind, and coastal conditions, it can be...
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  • Cistus 'Sunset' 5g
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    A hybrid of Cistus albidus and Cistus crispus, ‘Sunset’ is a low mounding form of Rockrose popular for its dazzling spring and summer flower display. An evergreen shrub that tolerates poor soil, high heat, high wind, and coastal conditions, it can be...
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  • Cistus corbariensis (C. hybridus) 1g
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    A hybrid of C. salviifolius and C. populifolius, also known as Cistus x hybridus. A low, mounding form of the sturdy evergreen shrub Rockrose which tolerates poor soil, high heat, and coastal conditions. In spring, it’s covered in rose-colored buds that...
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  • Cistus ladanifer 'Blanche' 1g
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    A purely white flowering form of Cistus ladanifer popular for its profuse blooms as well as its tolerance of tough growing conditions. Easily withstands poor soil, high heat, high wind, and even salt spray. In spring, it’s covered in rose-colored buds...
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  • Cistus ladanifer 1g
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    A large flowering evergreen shrub known for its distinctive blooms as well as its tolerance of tough growing conditions. Easily withstands poor soil, high heat, high wind, and even salt spray. In spring, it’s covered in rose-colored buds that open to...
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  • Cistus ladanifer 5g
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    A large flowering evergreen shrub known for its distinctive blooms as well as its tolerance of tough growing conditions. Easily withstands poor soil, high heat, high wind, and even salt spray. In spring, it’s covered in rose-colored buds that open to...
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  • Cistus salvifolius 'Prostratus' flower
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    Cistus salvifolius 'Prostratus' 5g

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    A low, spreading form of Cistus that makes a great ground-hugging evergreen shrub in both coastal and inland landscapes. It tolerates poor soil, high heat, drought, and coastal conditions. Perfect for covering dry slopes and banks or used as a flowering...
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  • Cistus salvifolius 1g
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    A low, mounding form of Cistus that thrives in both coastal and inland landscapes. Tolerates poor soil, high heat, drought, heavy clay soil, and coastal conditions. Perfect for use on dry slopes and banks or for adding a soft texture to hot inland...
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    Cistus skanbergii 1g

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    A hybrid of Cistus monoseliensis and Cistus parviflorus, Pink Rockrose is tough, compact, evergreen shrub popular for its profuse light pink blooms and tolerance for tough growing conditions. In spring and early summer it’s covered in fuzzy, rose-colored...
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