Sageleaf rockrose

Cistus salviifolius


A number of rockrose from the Mediterranean region are popular in Inland Empire landscapes and gardens. The sageleaf rockrose is one of low spreading shrubs that is well adapted to hard conditions, including sun, heat, wind and periods of moisture stress. C. s. ‘Prostratus’ is a low mounding cultivar that grows up to 2 ft. high and 4-6 ft. wide. It has small, olive-green leaves and produces a carpet of white flowers with yellow centers in early spring.

Sageleaf rockrose is a tough and durable plant for use on slopes, banks and parkways as solitary plants and in small groupings. It is good for erosion control and combines well with plants in the Olive Tree Palette. It is adapted to sunny exposures, prefers good drainage and grows with low amounts of supplemental water.

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding, Dense, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Gray green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Grouped, Banks, Background plant
Height: 18 in. – 24 in.
Width: 5 ft. – 6 ft.