Crimson-Spot Rock Rose

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The improved Crimson-Spot Rock Rose (Cistus ladanifer) is a modern take on an age-old flowering ornamental. In mild climates, it will stay green all year! The foliage smells delicious, so plant it where the wind will carry that scent into your home. This is an incredibly hardy broadleaf evergreen with big, striking white blooms that pollinators are grateful for!

In the spring, it blooms dozens of huge, pure white flowers. Each bloom boasts a canary-yellow central eye and, as the name suggests, a striking crimson spot at the base of each petal! It looks clean and bright, with a whole lot of pizazz!

Spaniards have loved this plant since ancient days when it was called Labdanum and the scented sap was used as perfume! It's very hardy, and nearly pest and disease-free. Thriving throughout USDA growing zones 6-9 there is little that fazes this tough evergreen shrub! Salt tolerance reigns true as one of the most useful aspects of hardiness on display alongside this plant's beautiful opalescent blooms. Coastal gardens are sure to benefit from the hardy addition of this fine shrub.

Planting and Application:

Use Crimson-Spot as a big, flowering hedge in sunny, dry gardens. This easy-care nature makes it a natural for use on rocky slopes, in Rock Gardens, and in Xeric landscapes beautifully! Those hard-to-mow slopes, eroding hillsides, and sun-drenched stretches of ground become landscape focal points with these hardy rounded shrubs!

With a faster growth rate, you'll get results in a hurry! Fill garden backdrops and mid-sized hedges with fast year-round screening, bulk up a foundation border, or fill in a mixed shrub border with steady greenery! Rock Rose shrubs, sometimes spelled as one word Rockrose are one of the best plants for weed suppression! Plant anywhere you want a pretty accent, sun-tolerant living groundcover in groupings, rows, or as en masse feature plantings! Even commercial landscapes benefit from these flowering evergreen shrubs!

  • Big, Striking White Petas With Burgundy-Red Accents
  • Ornamental Slender Evergreen Leaves
  • Fast Growth & Rounded Tidy Form
  • Pollinator-Friendly Blooms in Spring
  • Rugged Specimens & Accents, Hedges, Erosion Control, Slopes & Massing

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Handling sun all day long, don't bother watering these Xeric shrubs all that often (or even at all!) once they are established, but until then some regular moisture is appreciated. While naturally hardy, soil selection can be an important part of keeping your Rock Rose happy and healthy. Avoid poor-drainage soils that retain lots of water to avoid killing roots. Clay soil-tolerant, and dry, rocky, sandy conditions won't faze these plants, but Rock Rose is sure to benefit from 3-4 inches of arborist mulch. Rock Rose bushes may need the occasional pruning or shearing, but just be sure to perform this task right after flowering.

  • Full Sun
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture - Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Deer, Salt & Clay Resistant

Historical, drought-tolerant and beautiful, if you have the right place for it, Crimson-Spot Rock Rose will be your new favorite garden plant. Buy yours from us today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Crimson-Spot Rockrose Ancient Past

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.

Today? You'll enjoy the fresh, clean appearance and wonderful scent of this beautiful flowering shrub.


Crimson-Spot Rock Rose Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cistus ladanifer
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White With Red Accents
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes