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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 sageleaf. 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 securing sloped areas or 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 through the Mediterranean Sea basin both throughout southern Europe east to Turkey and 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 eroneously listed as Cistus villosus prostratus, a name of no botanical standing. Cistus villosus and Cistus incanus are synonyms of Cistus creticus.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Cistus salviifolius 'Prostratus'.