Cistus incanus ssp. tauricus (Rock Rose)
I remember the first time I saw Cistus, or Rock Rose. It was in a photograph in an herb book, and it was called an "Old World" herb. It was the most beautiful plant I'd ever seen up until then, and soon I was on a mission to find one for my own herb garden. I looked long and hard and I finally managed to find two: one pink; the other white. I cannot grow it here in the mountains of North Carolina, but that doesn't keep me from enjoying it in my greenhouse and growing it for those of you who live in warmer climates. Cistus incanus, a sub-shrub native to the dry hillsides and woodland margins of the Mediterranean region, grows from three to four feet high in sun/part sun. The simple, yet exquisite, rose-like blooms have a wrinkled appearance, as do the leaves, which I think just adds to their charm. I'm not positive about zones: some sources say Zones 7-10, and others say Zones 8-11. Quarts.