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cistus albidus - L.

Common Name Rock Rose
Family Cistaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Garigue, rocky places on limestone soils and open pine forest[89].
Range S.W. Europe to N. Africa - Mediterranean.
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
cistus albidus Rock Rose


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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cistus albidus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower in June, and the seeds ripen in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment  Tea

The leaves are used as a tea substitute[177, 183]. The dried leaves are sometimes used as an adulterant for marjoram (Origanum majorana)[183].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position in a well-drained light sandy soil[1, 182]. Prefers a calcareous soil[190]. Withstands drought once it is established[190]. Tolerates maritime exposure[188]. One of the hardiest species in this genus, tolerating temperatures down to about -15°c[184] and surviving all but the coldest winters in Britain[11], it is however apt to be short-lived[182]. Plants are somewhat hardier when grown in poor soils[182]. Individual flowers only last one day but there is a long succession of them[200]. Dislikes pruning or root disturbance[182, 200]. Plants should be pot grown and then planted out in their final positions whilst still small. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - gather when ripe and store dry[78]. Surface sow in late winter in a greenhouse[164]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 4 weeks at 20°c[164]. Prick out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle into individual pots. Grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out the in the following spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts[164]. The seed stores for at least 3 years[K]. Cuttings of softish to half-ripe wood, 8cm long with a heel or at a node, June/August in a frame. Roots are formed within 3 weeks[78]. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of almost mature wood, 8 - 12cm with a heel or at a node, September/October in a frame. High percentage[78]. Lift and pot up in the spring, plant out when a good root system has formed[78]. Layering in spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cistus albidusRock Rose10
Cistus creticusRock Rose, Cretan rockrose22
Cistus ladaniferLabdanum, Common gum cistus22
Cistus salviifoliusRock Rose, Salvia cistus, Sage Leaf Rock Rose10
Cytinus hypocistus 11

 

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