Bee Lunch: Rockrose (Cistus) – An Early Summer Treat


This evergreen shrub puts on an impressive bloom in early summer that is loved by bees. There are a variety of species and crosses with various flower sizes and colors from white, pink and purple. These Mediterranean natives like full sun and form dense mounds over time that are wider than they are tall. Thanks to a mycorrhizal relationship with their roots they are drought tolerant and can grow in poor soils. This makes them good picks for planting on slopes and around rock gardens, however also be aware that this can inhibit other plants from growing nearby. They grow quickly and do not like to be heavily pruned. Seeds generally germinate after wild fires and my need to be heat treated to break dormancy.