• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cistus ladanifer L.

Common gum cistus

Common gum cistus

© � RHS 2000

  • Other common names Common gum cistus
    Laudanum

    Gum cistus
    Laudanum

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  • Genus Cistus are evergreen shrubs with simple, opposite leaves and 5-petalled, bowl-shaped, white, pink or purplish flowers, each lasting a single day, over a long period in summer

  • Family Cistaceae / Cistaceae

  • Species C. ladanifer is an evergreen shrub of loose, open habit with very sticky, narrow, aromatic leaves, dark green above, grey beneath. Flowers to 10cm in width, white with a deep red blotch at the base of each petal

  • Plant range SW Europe N Africa

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Leaf

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will grow well in poor soils but may become chlorotic with age on chalky soils. Needs a sheltered position in full sun

Propagation Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8 or pruning group 9. Does not respond to hard pruning

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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