rockrose Cistaceae Cistus
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, evergreen, oval to lanceolate, to 4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide, wavy edges, green above and pale pubescent below, sticky on both surfaces, usually aromatic.
Flower: Showy, resembling a rose flower, ranging in color from lavender to white - often with dark spots near the base of the petals, up to 3 inches across, 5 petals that are usually crinkly, the flower centers a mass of yellow anthers, flowering for most of the summer.
Fruit: A capsule, drying to brown at maturity.
Twig: Initially green-brown and pubescent, becoming smooth and red-brown, with narrow leaf scars.
Bark: Gray or gray-brown and smooth.
Form: Shrubs, 3 to 5 feet tall and of greater width.
Looks like: white sage
- fragrant sage
- purple sage
- black sage
| Additional Range Information:
Cistus spp. is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting rockrose.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson