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Cistus Albidus – 5 seeds – Cottony Cistus


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Common name: Cottony cistus, white cistus
Family: Cistaceae
Origin: Europe
Height at maturity: 70 to 120 centimeters
Hardiness: -15°C
Exposure: sunny
Plant type: flowering shrub
Vegetation: perennial
Foliage: evergreen
Flowering: spring
Flower color: pink to purplish pink
Type of soil: dry, stony, like limestone and draining
Watering: little
Use: isolated, massive
Diseases and Pests:-
Toxicity: –

Storage of seeds: 3 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)


The cottony cistus is a shrub characteristic of the scrubland, withstanding a period of aridity and appreciating calcareous soils.

Its light gray evergreen foliage is composed of simple, sessile, opposite leaves covered with stellate hairs.

Its flowering spreads from April to June and reveals an inflorescence in a uniparous helicoid cyme composed of flowers formed by 5 petals with a crumpled appearance and pink color. Polleniferous flowers attract butterflies and insects ensuring entomogamous pollination.

The fruits of Cistus albidus are dehiscent capsules with 5 valves. The drawing of fruits is epizoochoric.

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