Spotted White Rock Rose

Cistus x aguilarii 'Maculatus'

Sturdy shrub considered one of the showiest of the white-flowered rock roses. Large, single white flowers with maroon spots are displayed in profusion in spring. Excellent for firescaping, on dry banks, in rock gardens or an accent plant. Evergreen.
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7 - 10

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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Botanical PronunciationSIS-tus la-DAH-ni-fer mak-u-LA-tus
LoreThe oil of rockrose was called "vegetable ambergris" because it was an ancient alternative to the rare whale ambergris treasured by the perfume and incense trade.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasExcellent shrub for dry gardens thriving on banks, slopes and open areas. Beautiful planted in small irregular groups in conjunction with rock surfacing and boulders. Stands nicely with arid western natives as well as the Mediterraneans of its homeland. Evergreen beauty for Spanish style homes with stucco exteriors as well as Craftsman bungalows.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean
Growth HabitBushy
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseErosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Does not tolerate or need heavy pruning.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 7 - 10

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