Botanical Name: Cistus ladanifer latifolius Add
Common Name: Palhinae Rockrose  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color

Red, White, Multi-Colored


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Foundation, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife


Information by:
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

The palhinae variety produces long, pointed leaves and large white flowers with a small crimson spot. Its narrow leaves, rounded at the tips, are well-covered with a beautiful shiny, sticky resin, appearing "varnished." 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.