Historical, Drought-Tolerant and Beautiful!
When you think of perfume what flowers come to mind? Rose? Lavender? Lilac? What about labdanum? Not the first thing to roll off the tongue, huh? Labdanum is the resin that gives perfumes their amber, woody, musky, or leathery scents. It has been used as a scent for a very long time. How long? We find it mentioned in Genesis in the Bible. It’s also thought by Egyptologists that the little false beards the royal Egyptians wore were made of labdanum.
For an interesting cocktail party story, you can tell how labdanum was collected. Sheep were allowed to graze in ancient fields of rockrose. Their fur would fill with the sticky labdanum resin that came off of the slender leaves. Then the shepherds would brush it out of their coats and make a little extra cash on the side selling it to merchants and perfumers.
You don’t have to go that far with this drought-resistant flower, though. You can just enjoy it for its sheer beauty and hardy disposition! Crimson-Spot Rockrose (Cistus ladanifer) is a modern take on this age-old flower. It grows 4-5 feet tall and wide and in mild Mediterranean climates will stay green all year. In the spring it blooms dozens of pure white flowers that have a canary-yellow central eye and, as the name suggests, a striking crimson spot at the base of each petal.
Plant it in full sun in well-drained soil and don’t bother watering it all that often (or even at all!) once it’s established.
If you have the right place for it, Crimson-Spot Rockrose will be your new favorite garden plant! Buy yours from us today!
* Perfect for sunny, dry gardens
* Great as a big, flowering hedge
* Big 4” white blooms
* Slender evergreen leaves
* Scented sap
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Crimson-Spot Rockrose | Buy at Nature Hills Nursery|
|Mature Height||4 - 5 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 5 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Flower Color||White with Crimson Spots|