Cistus laurifolius - Laurel-Leaved Rock Rose
The white flowers with yellow spots of the Laurel-Leaved Rock Rose (Cistus laurifolius) can also be admired planted out in the garden with winter protection.
Despite its name, the leaves of the Laurel-Leaved Rock Rose (Cistus laurifolius) are not as large as those of a Laurel. They are about three times as long as they are wide and have a dark green color. They are covered with white hair giving it a slightly silvery gleam. The flowers are 5 to 6 cm in diameter and their petals have a yellow spot at the base. As a pot plant, Cistus laurifolius rarely grows taller than 1 m, in nature it grows up to 2 m. Cistus laurifolius is slightly hardier than other Cistus when planted in the garden. Nevertheless, it requires well-drained soil and winter protection (winter hardiness zone 7).
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.
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
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)
- 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
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