How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Cistus, rock rose—Cistus spp.
Family Cistaceae (Rock rose family)

Plant Identification

Rockrose is a fast-growing evergreen shrub.  Leaves are soft green, gray, or silver.  Flowers are white, pink, or purplish-pink and bloom for about a month from spring into early summer. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Rockrose is often planted in fire-hazard areas, dry banks, or in rock gardens.  Taller shrubs make good hedges.  Rockroses prefer areas with full sun and need little or no water.  They can tolerate poor soil, heat, or cold winds and ocean spray.  When planting, spread out the roots so they grow deep into the ground.  Avoid overpruning.  Cut out old stems to keep plants strong. 


Pests and disorders of Cistus spp.


Environmental disorders



Pink flowers
Soft green leaves and pink flowers of rockrose

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