Cistus ladanifer var. ‘Paladin’ (Rock Rose)
Evergreen shrub with copious white flowers. The smell makes it so special. Ever been in the Med just after the first rain for 6 months? Indescribably delicious and evocative. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.
Hardiness level Amber
The resin exuded by the leaves on this plant gives the most wonderful aromatic smell - so evocative of warmer climes. The degree to which you can smell them varies according to different weather conditions. Mostly, it seems, when the sun shines - whether it's summer or winter. They enjoy light and sunny places with good drainage and don't mind good ventilation (very windy) even on the coast. Their common name of Rock Rose tells quite a bit. They grow in rocky places and their flowers are a bit rose like. White (mostly) and prolific in midsummer. This plant can grow quite upright (to 4ft x 4ft) compared with most of the dome shaped Cistus. This is by far the most aromatic.
Masses planted at the new nursery at Pulborough in what's become known as the Jesus of Nazareth Garden. They smell delicious.
Propagated by us from cuttings.
N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.
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