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Products > Cistus salviifolius 'Prostratus'
Cistus salviifolius 'Prostratus' - Sageleaf Rockrose
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Cistaceae (Rock-roses)
Origin: Europe, Southern (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: Cistus villosus prostratus, Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Cistus salviifolius 'Prostratus' (Sageleaf Rockrose) - A low spreading evergreen shrub growing about 2 feet tall by 6 to 8 feet wide. Gray-green foliage looks wrinkled like a sage leaf. In spring appear the 1 1/2" wide white flowers with orange yellow stamens in the center and a yellow spot at the base of each petal.

Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little. Cold hardy to about 18 degrees F. This is a great drought tolerant plant for stabilizing sloped areas or for other difficult areas. Its low ground-hugging nature makes it a good candidate for areas where a low fuel fire resistant plant is needed in the landscape.

Cistus salviifolius is widespread naturally through the Mediterranean Sea basin both throughout southern Europe and east to Turkey as well as in North Africa in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The name Cistus is from the Greek word "kistos" which was the name originally used to describe the plant in ancient Greece. The specific epithet "salviifolius" means foliage like a sage. This plant is sometimes erroneously listed as Cistus villosus prostratus, a name of no botanical standing. Cistus villosus and Cistus incanus are synonyms of Cistus creticus. We have grown and sold this attractive and useful plant since 1982. 

This information about Cistus salviifolius 'Prostratus' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.