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Cistus x aguilarii--aka 'Blanche'

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Cistaceae (The Rockrose Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
5-7 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This natural hybrid has been widely circulated as C. 'Blanche', a smaller and more compact plant. It is quite upright in habit, with straight, sturdy stems lined by lance-shaped leaves up to 4 inches long. The leaves have conspicuously wavy margins and are dark green above, fuzzy and paler beneath. This selection is particularly notable for its very large snow-white flowers, and its erect habit, easily reaching 6 feet in height.