These are understandably popular in the North County. Some outstanding characteristics include drought tolerance, relative deer resistance and a prolific spring bloom. Flower colors are white and many shades of pink.
The lowest growing variety is Cistus salvifolius, a white flowered variety that grows two by six feet. Cistus ‘Sunset’ is a hybrid with vivid neon pink flowers that makes a great ground cover, growing about three feet high and up to ten feet wide. ‘Bennett’s White’ is a handsome white flowered variety with a particularly attractive leaf. It grows five to six feet tall. The giant of the genus is ‘Blanche’, growing to ten feet.