PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
Phone (03) 9735 3831

Cistus monspeliensis

Spanish Rock Rose

Plant Type Med shrub
Flower Colour White/yellow
Leaf Shape Lanceolate - medium
Leaf Colour Green
Sun/Shade Full sun
Climate Min Temperate
Climate Max Sub trop
Drought Tolerant
Coastal Second level
Frost Moderate
Native Exotic
Flower Months Oct-Jan



Cistus are native to the countries that ring the Mediterranean.  They are tough plants that flower freelyover spring and summer and will tolerate extended dry periods.  The flowers have showy whitee petals that are like ruffled crepe and usually fall within a few hours of opening forming an attractive carpet on the ground beneath.


The Montpelier Rock Rose is a stunning shrub growing to 1.2m high and 1.5 m wide.  Like all members of the Cistaceae family it requires full sun, good drainage and a light prune after flowering along with a feed of Seasol and Powerfeed.  They do not like a hard prune or transplanting. Plant with Eucomis zambesiaca and Lavandula ‘Pure Harmony’ for an all white, drought tolerant garden or as a background plant to a mass planting of assorted Penstemon and Salvia  for a coloful spring summer floral display

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