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Rockrose Cistus sp.

FAMILY: Cistaceae (Rockrose family)

Cistus is the ancient Greek name for the plant we commonly call the rockrose. Its resin is used in the manufacture of perfume. The plant has an extremely high oil content; when the temperature rises, it gives off a strong, herb-like odor, which is also emitted when the rough, textured leaves are crushed.

Rockrose flowers range from white through lilac to purple. In Europe, they are used extensively as garden plants but don't have the same popularity in America.