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Cistus monspeliensis - Montpelier Rock Rose

Montpellier cistus (Cistus monspeliensis) bears pure white, small, but tremendously numerous flowers that stand together in clusters of up to ten.

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The Montpelier Rock Rose (Cistus monspeliensis) is one of the white flowering representatives of its large clan. It produces dense clusters of small white flowers of 2.5 cm in diameter from late spring to early summer and has a bushy growth habit with dark green leaves with deep veining.

General information on Cistus: Rock Roses are semi-shrubs with leaves that in the summer’s sun give out a spicy, tangy aroma, typical of the Mediterranean region. There, Rock Roses are characteristic plants of the macchia and in our country they also appreciate stony, well-draining soil and full sun, even hot places. From late spring to early summer they provide masses of pretty short-lived flowers. Cistus should be watered continuously but moderately. The roots should neither dry out nor be wet for a long time. Rock Roses are hardy down to approx. -12 °C ( winter hardiness zone 8). In regions with mild winters, they can be planted out permanently in the garden in gravel beds or rock gardens. In winter, their crown should be protected from the winter sun by a cover of fleece or spruce branches. A thick layer of fallen leaves should protect the root zone.

punkt_gruen.gif Quality: profusely flowering; wild rose-like flowers; leaves with spicy/tangy aroma; small growing shrubs for containers or as ground cover; suitable for planting out in gardens

punkt_gruen.gif Use: from April to October outdoors in on balcony, terrace, or in the garden with overwintering indoors; all year round in unheated Mediterranean-style conservatories; planted out in the garden (with winter protection)

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Flowering period
Color of flowers
Fragrant leaves
Small shrub
Full sun
winter temperature
5 (+/- 5) °C
Minimum temperature
-15 °C
Hardiness Zones
0,2 - 0,5 m