• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cistus laurifolius

laurel-leaved rock rose

laurel-leaved rock rose

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  • Other common names laurel-leaved rock rose

  • Family Cistaceae

  • Genus Cistus are evergreen shrubs with simple, opposite leaves and 5-petalled, bowl-shaped, white, pink or purplish flowers, each lasting a single day, over a long period in summer

  • Details C. laurifolius is a vigorous medium-sized evergreen shrub to 2m, of open habit, with sticky, dull grey-green ovate leaves, and white flowers to 8cm in width

  • Plant range SW Europe


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will grow well in poor soils, but requires full sun and shelter

Propagation Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Banks and Slopes Low Maintenance Ground Cover Mediterranean Climate Plants Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8 or pruning group 5

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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