1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume IV

Cistus Ladaniferus

Gum Cistus
Class and Order
Polyandria Monogynia
Generic Character
Corolla 5-petala. Calyx 5-phyllus: foliolis duobus minoribus. Capsula.
Specific Character and Synonyms
CISTUS ladaniferus arborescens ex stipulatus, foliis lanceolatis supra lævibus, petiolis basi coalitis vaginantibus. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 497
CISTUS ladanifera Hispanica incana. Bauh. Pin. 467
CISTUS Ledon. The Gum Cistus or Sweete Holly Rose. Park. Parad. p. 422.

One of the most ornamental hardy shrubs we possess; at once pleasing to the eye, and grateful to the smell; for, as Miller observes, the whole plant in warm weather exudes a sweet glutinous substance, which has a very strong balsamic scent, so as to perfume the circumambient air to a great distance.

Its blossoms, which appear in June and July in great profusion, exhibit a remarkable instance of quickly-fading beauty, opening and expanding to the morning sun, and before night strewing the ground with their elegant remains: as each succeeding day produces new blossoms, this deciduous disposition of the petals, common to the genus, is the less to be regretted.

Is a native of Spain and Portugal, prefers a dry soil and warm sheltered situation, and in very severe seasons requires some kind of covering.

Cultivated 1656, by Mr. John Tradescant, jun. Ait. Hort. Kew.

Is readily increased from cuttings; but Miller remarks, that the best plants are raised from seeds.

Varies with waved leaves, and in having petals without a spot at the base.

112Cistus Ladaniferus
Cistus Ladaniferus
Gum Cistus

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