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A picture of a Curled-Leaved Rock Rose

Curled-Leaved Rock Rose

Cistus crispus

Cistus crispus Flor 2013-5-23 SierraMadrona by Javier martin (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Curled-Leaved Rock Rose

A close up of abright pink Cistus crispus flower in the wild
A close up of a bright pink Cistus crispus flower with green leaves in the background
A close up of some pink Cistus crispus flowers and green leaves

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

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts bees

    Nectar and pollen-rich flowers, which attract bees and other beneficial insect pollinators.


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