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(Plants) any plant of the genus Cistus. See rockrose
[C16: New Latin, from Greek kistos]
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Noun1.cistus - small to medium-sized evergreen shrubs of southern Europe and North AfricaCistus - small to medium-sized evergreen shrubs of southern Europe and North Africa
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
Cistaceae, family Cistaceae, rockrose family - shrubs or woody herbs of temperate regions especially Mediterranean
rock rose, rockrose - small shrubs of scrub and dry woodland regions of southern Europe and North Africa; grown for their showy flowers and soft often downy and aromatic evergreen foliage
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One's delight in an elderberry bush overhanging the confused leafage of a hedgerow bank, as a more gladdening sight than the finest cistus or fuchsia spreading itself on the softest undulating turf, is an entirely unjustifiable preference to a nursery-gardener, or to any of those regulated minds who are free from the weakness of any attachment that does not rest on a demonstrable superiority of qualities.
Many shrubs and shrubby herbs - such as cistus, lavender and rosemary - can be propagated in this way.
Three other rockrose species are subshrub or ground-cover types, from 18 inches to 3 feet tall, spreading to a diameter of up to 8 feet: sageleaf rockrose (Cistus salviifolius), with a yellow spot at the base of each white petal; Cistus skanbergii, a distinctive pink-flowered species; and Cistus ``Sunset,'' with flowers that are deep rose.
The Western plant Cistus incanus strengthens the reduced antioxidative defense system found in mature skin.
In fact, making a gravel garden is pretty easy if you choose Mediterranean-style plants including lavender, euphorbias, cistus, santolina and phlomis, which provide plenty of nectar and pollen for visiting insects.
La presencia en los coscojares de Quercus faginea, Arbutus unedo, Acer monspessulanum y Arctostaphylos uva-ursi indican umbrias frescas, mientras que Cistus salviifolius indica terrenos ligeramente siliceos (Tabla 1).
In frosty weather protect cistus, fuchsias and penstemons by tucking bracken or straw around their bases.
The famous five are the buddleia, or butterfly bush, Pink Delight; thewhite-and-red spotted cistus Alan Fradd; the hydrangea Blue Wave; the gorgeous lavatera Burgundy Wine; and the delicate potentilla Red Ace.
Flowering time is April-June and combines well with cistus.
Drought-busting plants such as cistus, broom, hardy hibiscus, sedum, lavender, sage and rosemary are best.
Or try cistus (Rock Rose) in shades of whites and pinks in large open flowers and a slightly grey green foliage.