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Cistus x corbariensis

Rock Rose

Very hardy compact plant with masses of smaller white flowers

This beauty makes a neat, twiggy mound of bronze-green, wavy leaves which are sticky to the touch and a feature all year round in an open, sunny spot. In summer, the plant is covered in pure-white flowers that have fluffy yellow centres.


Happiest in full sun and well-drained soils - it even copes with drought once established. An ideal evergreen shrub to plant on a free-draining bank in full sun.


Plant in an open spot. Water well after planting and occasionally during dry spells until established. Trim lightly after flowering to remove the seed pods.

The leaves of this Sun rose have a balsam like scent which you'll notice on hot days.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 85 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 125 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, Mediterranean garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September