Cistus Perennial Flower – Green Thumb Sunday

Can anyone help me to identify this perennial flower? It grows in full sun and the leaves are small and slim. The flowers are pink with a hint of white on them and the stigma and stamen in the centre are very yellow.

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  1. Are they on a vine?
    Looks quite a bit like some clematis to me.

    Comment by Teresa – April 20, 2008 @ 2:44 am

  2. It’s a variety of Cistus, but I’m not sure exactly which one. Could be cistus chinamadensis or cistus parviflorus, but there are so many ‘bushy rock-roses’ that’s difficult to ID from a small picture. They grow on stony dry hillsides around the Mediterranean and similar places, so great for dry borders in full sun mixed with herbs like lavender or bushy varieties of thyme.

    Best wishes

    Comment by Magic Cochin – April 20, 2008 @ 6:12 am

  3. I’m going with some sort of clematis. When does it usually flower?

    Comment by Mark – April 20, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  4. I would definitely agree with Celia. I’ve been looking for Cistus for quite some time in the nurseries as they are pretty hard to find ’round here but this year there’s quite a few out there and I’ve just got a pink one like that the other day and it very much reminds me of your mystery plant.


    Comment by Viooltje – April 20, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  5. I vote for Clematis, too!

    Comment by TopVeg – April 20, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  6. I think it looks like a clematis. Cistus flowers are usually more like old-fashioned roses (rounder petals).

    Comment by susi – April 21, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

  7. I know it’s not a rose, but the bloom reminds me a lot of Mutabilis. Google some photos of it – the shades are very similar.

    Comment by nikkipolani – April 22, 2008 @ 5:23 pm