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

Cistus x laxus 'Snow White'

Snow White Rock Rose

Plant Type Large shrub
Flower Colour White
Leaf Shape Ovate - medium
Leaf Colour Green
Sun/Shade Part-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 freely over spring and summer and will tolerate extended dry periods.  The flowers have showy white petals that are like ruffled crepe and usually fall within a few hours of opening forming an attractive carpet on the ground beneath.


Snow White is a very floriferous 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 Jasminuum multipartitum and Penstemon ‘Snowstorm’ 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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