5 years to reach maturity
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Curled-Leaved Rock Rose Overview
Cistus crispus is a compact, bushy evergreen shrub that produces bright pink flowers. It originates from Southwestern Europe and the western region of North Africa. This smallish species typically grows to around 0.5m high, producing grey-green foliage. Leaves have 3 veins across their surface and are covered in hairs of varying lengths. Flowers are clustered on stem arrangements known as cymes. In cymes a central stem produces a flower at its growing tip first, followed by flowers from the ends of subsequent lateral shoots. This species produces only a few flowers on the cymes, flowers measure around 3-4cm and possess 5 sepals which are covered in hairs. This plant and Cistus albidus were used to create the hybrid Cistus × incanus.
Common problems with Curled-Leaved Rock Rose
Generally pest and disease free.
Curled-Leaved Rock Rose Companion Plants
Plant alongside low growing shrubs with similar water requirements.
How to propagate Curled-Leaved Rock Rose
Softwood cuttings. Take 10-15cm long cuttings and remove bottom half og the leaves. Place in well-draining soil mixture.
Special features of Curled-Leaved Rock Rose
Nectar and pollen-rich flowers, which attract bees and other beneficial insect pollinators.