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Sageleaf Rockrose*

Cistus salvifolius

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Sageleaf Rockrose (Cistus salvifolius) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Sageleaf Rockrose flowers

Sageleaf Rockrose flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sageleaf Rockrose (Cistus salvifolius) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Sageleaf Rockrose in bloom

Sageleaf Rockrose in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Sunrose, Rock Rose

Description:

Clusters of beautiful white flowers cover the fuzzy-textured gray-green foliage in late spring; a great groundcover with a low spreading habit; tolerant of poor, dry soils, hot garden locations and salt spray

Ornamental Features

Sageleaf Rockrose is smothered in stunning white cup-shaped flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive shell pink flower buds. It has attractive grayish green foliage. The small fuzzy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sageleaf Rockrose is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sageleaf Rockrose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sageleaf Rockrose will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Sageleaf Rockrose makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
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