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Cistus x dansereaui Decumbens


Rock Rose

Compact, low growing shrub with large paper like white flowers

An easy, evergreen shrub with twiggy mounds of sticky, deep-green, glossy leaves - a perfect back drop for the pure white flowers that have bold, deep-red blotches at the base of the petals.


A tough, fast-growing plant for a sunny seaside garden they're a good choice for a well-drained sunny bank where they don't mind dry conditions.


Plant in free-draining soil and trim lightly after flowering to maintain the mound-like shape.

Originally from the Mediterranean, Cistus don't mind droughts and aren't bothered by the scorching sun and salt winds of exposed seaside gardens.

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 Autumn, Spring, Summer
Flowering April - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
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, City garden, Courtyard garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Mediterranean garden, Banks and slopes, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September