This genus from the Mediterranean region fortunately grows exceptionally well in our mild climate. These evergreens are called Rockroses for their conspicuous single papery blooms, resembling wild rose blossoms. Though these last only a day, they arrive in such profusion, carpeting the ground beneath, that one can count on color for 2 or 3 months.
Fast growing and appreciative of well drained sites, they tolerate drought, poor soil, ocean winds, salt spray and even desert heat. Cistus vary from low spreaders to tall, imposing bushes, and are terrific for informal hedging and screens.
We favor this upright, robust Cistus for its decorative leaves and large showy flowers. A Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius hybrid backcrossed once again with Cistus ladanifer, ‘Maculatus’s foliage is fastened by reddened petioles, tapers to a point and features margins so evenly rippled that the edges are pulled up. The intriguing slender greenery elevates 3 in. wide, billowy white blossoms whose closely arranged petals flaunt a striking, almost triangular, wine-colored mark at their bases while encircling a bright gilded hub of stamens.
Blooms late April–mid-July.
Size: 6' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 8.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Cistus ‘Ann Baker’
- Cistus ‘Anne Palmer’
- Cistus creticus f. albus ‘Tania Compton’
- Cistus x dansereaui ‘Decumbens’
- Cistus x dansereaui ‘Jenkyn Place’
- Cistus ‘Jessamy Beauty’
- Cistus ladanifer var. petiolatus ‘Bennett’s White’
- Cistus ‘Little Gem’
- Cistus monspeliensis ‘Vicar’s Mead’
- Cistus x oblongifolius
- Cistus palhinhaii ‘Red Eye’
- Cistus x pauranthus ‘Natacha’
- Cistus populifolius
- Cistus x purpureus ‘Alan Fradd’
- Cistus ‘Silver Pink’
- Cistus ‘Snow Fire’
- Cistus ‘Snow White’