Cistus albidus

Cistus albidus is also known as White-leaved Rock Rose and if you look at the leaves you will see why! The flower is similar to other Cistus purpureus and belongs to the Cistaceae family of plants. Cistus albidus is an evergreen shrub its flowers are usually 5-petalled and they vary in colors from white, pink, or purple. They bloom from March to July but each flower only lasts one day, but there is enough to add a lot of colors all summer. The petals are very thin and look like slightly wrinkled paper and they have a bright yellow center.

Cistus Albidus, White-leaved Rock Rose
Cistus Albidus, White-leaved Rock Rose

Cistus albidus love full sun and do well in well-drained soil. They do tolerate poor to fertile soil and they do tolerate some lime. You plant them in borders, slopes, or rock gardens. You should not prune them hard. They are easy to grow and usually disease-free. They are called White-leaved Rock Rose but the leaves are more grayish. They are green with slight white coverage, in fact, it almost looks like white powder or dust sitting on green leaves, but the effect really looks like gray leaves. They can grow up to 1.5m or 5 ft. but most plants I have seen are about 2 to 3 feet high. You can propagate from seed or cuttings. You can do both root cuttings as well as softwood cuttings. They are drought tolerant and they are from the Mediterranean region.

Cistus Albidus

About Dino

I am a flower enthusiast and a gardener at heart. Ever since childhood I loved reading about plants and started gardening at an early age. First by helping my father in the garden and later managing a large garden myself in my teen years. I planted and cared for a large number of plants, flowers, and trees both outdoors and in a greenhouse. To this day I enjoy visiting gardens and parks and learning about new and old specimens and varieties of plants.

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