Cistus ‘Snow Fire’

1 Jul

Cistus 'Snow Fire' (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread:1m

Hardiness: 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Cistaceae 

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ is an evergreen shrub with a rounded, bushy habit. Its dark green/ grey  leaves are lanceolate with entire wavy margins, up to 5cm long and 1.5cm broad. Its white flowers have dark purple and yellow centers, stamens and pistils and are up to 6cm across.

Cistus 'Snow Fire' Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’, commonly known as Rock Rose ‘Snow Fire’. Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ is synonymous with Cistus albidus ‘Snow Fire’.

The etymological root of the binomial name Cistus is derived from the ancient Greek name for the plant.

The landscape architect may find Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ useful on poor, dry soils or as part of a Mediterranean planting scheme. Once established this plant is drought tolerant. This shrub is not attractive to deer.

Ecologically, Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, including butterfly.

Cistus 'Snow Fire' Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’  prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil, although very chalky soils may make this plant become chlorotic. It will tolerate stony very well drained, poor soils. It will not tolerate water logging.

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ requires little maintenance. Pruning should be carried after flowering, old wood should not be cut.

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