Sage-leaved rock-rose

Cistus salvifolius

White sage-leaved rock-rose (Cistus salvifolius)
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The white sage-leaved rock-rose (Cistus salvifolius) is one of the most beautiful white flowers of Crete. It is met in all counties of the island at medium altitudes up to almost 900 meters and always in phyllitic acidic grounds. It is not as well known as its related purple cousin (Cistus creticus), because it does not produce the famous laudanum. It may not produce laudanum but is very rich in essential oils for which the plant is harvested. It is a truly beautiful flower and blooming usually lasts from March to June. They are relatively large shrubs with a height up to one meter. The white flowers have five petals.

Text - Photos Christopher Cheiladakis

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