California Gardens - The Year Round Gardening Site

Cistus Bennett's White ~ White Rockrose

Cistus Bennet's White is a large rockrose with large white flowers. It can get to 6 feet tall or more. Compared to Cistus Blanche this rockrose is more compact and the leaves are less sticky. Cistus Bennett's White is easily grown in average to poor garden conditions. Cistus Bennett's White requires sun and reasonable drainage but little else after it becomes established, some minimal irrigation helps keep plants looking their best through the summer months. Cistus Bennett's White has a pleasant fragrance of its own without having to distill the oils. This species of rockrose has also gone by the name of Cistus labdanum. I read a story about how goats were driven through the fields of rockroses in Spain and the resins were combed out of their fur. The resins were then distilled to make the perfume oils.

High resolution photos of Cistus Bennett's White are part of our garden image collection.

Cistus Bennett's White, Rockrose