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Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens'

Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens'

Description: A small growing form of Cistus which has green evergreen leaves and a mass of smaller white open flowers in early summer each petal having a purple blotch near the centre and edging a yellow boss of stamens.  The leaves and flower buds are notably sticky which was most likely to help prevent salt damage and shows coastal origin.

Uses: The low spreading habit makes this useful for the smaller garden or edging a border. Good in coastal gardens.

Climate/Position: As with all Cistus prefers a sunny dry location.  Avoid winter winds. Drought resistant.

Height/Spread: 60cm x 1 metre

Soil Requirements: Free draining soil. Dislikes winter wet.

Pruning: Trim after flowering using shears to encourage a new flush of growth and to keep the plant tidy but never cut hard into old wood as they will not recover.

Special Requirements: Ensure this is grown in the sun.

Additional Interest: A hybrid of C. ladanifer x C. inflatus. Synonymus of Cistus × lusitanicus 'Decumbens'