Cistus Species, Laurel-Leaf Cistus, Laurel-Leaved Rock Rose

Cistus laurifolius

Family: Cistaceae
Genus: Cistus (SIS-tus) (Info)
Species: laurifolius (law-ree-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
Synonym:Cistus laurifolius var. atlanticus



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Ontario, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 16, 2009, purplesun from Krapets,
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the hardiest rock rose and one of approximately three species, native to Bulgaria.
It emits a pleasant aroma when bruised or in hot weather, and blooms nicely. Doesn't like to be shaded or crowded out by other plants, or else it looks tattered, like mine does.
Provide as much sunshine as possible and plant at least several, to compensate for the sparse foliage.


On Aug 5, 2008, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grow this shrub from seeds collected in wild. I have different Cistus in my garden, so plants will not come not true from its seeds. Robert G. Page: "...Seed, unless collected in the wild, will not usually breed true. This is because most species are self-incompatible (one individual's flowers require pollen from a different individual to produce fertile seed). In the wild this presents no problem, although hybrids do commonly appear, but in cultivation an isolated plant or even a group propagated commercially from the same stock plant will often not be capable of self-pollination and therefore any fertile seed produced must have arisen from pollination by a different species or hybrid grown nearby..." In the garden they are easy shrubs. Perfect wintergreen! Not all Cistus are hardy, b... read more


On Sep 24, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Don't prune back int old wood as it will not re shooted. Very beautiful for a drought tolerant plant. Drought tolerant. pokerboy.


On Oct 6, 2002, smcglash wrote:

Easy to grow, requires very little care. Grows quickly and gets quite large - 3'. Blooms (June) pass quickly : ( but folliage is very nice. In Pacfic NW watering is virtually unnecessary (draught tolerant).


On Aug 28, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Rockroses can be pinched or lightly pruned for bushiness, but they do well without being pruned at all. Each flower on this plant lasts for only one day. The foliage is also lightly aromatic.


On Aug 31, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

prune after flowering