Cistus incanus ssp. tauricus
I remember the first time I saw Cistus, or Rock Rose. It was in a photograph in an herb book, and it was called an "Old World" herb. It was the most beautiful plant I'd ever seen up until then, and I was on a mission to find one for my own herb garden. I looked long and hard, too, and I finally managed to find two: a pink and a white one. I cannot grow it here in the mountains of North Carolina, but that doesn't keep me from growing it for those of you who live in warmer climates. Cistus incanus, a sub-shrub native to the dry hillsides and woodland margins of the Mediterranean region, grows from three to four feet high in sun/part sun. The simple, yet exquisite, rose-like blooms have a wrinkled appearance, as do the leaves, which just adds to their charm. I'm not positive about zones: some sources say Zones 7-10, and others say Zones 8-11.