Botanical Name: Cistus salviifolius Add
Common Name: Sageleaf Rockrose  
Plant photo of: Cistus salviifolius
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Foundation, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, Roadside, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Native Sons Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This low-spreading shrub reaches a size of 2' tall by 6'-8' wide. It bears white flowers that are 1" wide with yellow centers. This variety makes a good groundcover. The plant requires average to good drainage, and little or no summer watering when established. It should be grown in sun or part shade.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.