Cistus creticus

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Cistus creticus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Cistaceae
Genus: Cistus
C. creticus
Binomial name
Cistus creticus

Cistus creticus (pink rock-rose, hoary rock-rose) is a species of shrubby plant in the family Cistaceae. Though it usually has pink flowers, of 4.5–5 cm diameter, this species is very variable. It is widely known as a decorative plant. It is frequently called "Cistus incanus". (The true Cistus × incanus is the hybrid C. albidus × C. crispus.[1])


The name Cistus creticus was first used by Carl Linnaeus in 1762.[2] Confusion exists between this name and one published earlier by Linnaeus, Cistus incanus. As used by many authors, but not Linnaeus, the name "C. incanus" is taken to refer to Cistus creticus, particularly C. creticus subsp. eriocephalus.[3]


  • Cistus creticus subsp. creticus
  • Cistus creticus subsp. corsicus (syn. Cistus × incanus subsp. corsicus)
  • Cistus creticus subsp. eriocephalus[4]
  • Cistus creticus f. albus

There are also several well-known cultivars, such as 'Lasithi' with compact, rounded flowers.


  1. ^ Guzmán, B. & Vargas, P. (2005), "Systematics, character evolution, and biogeography of Cistus L. (Cistaceae) based on ITS, trnL-trnF, and matK sequences", Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 37: 644–660, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.04.026, PMID 16055353, p. 646
  2. ^ "Cistus creticus", The Plant List, retrieved 2015-03-01
  3. ^ "Cistus creticus subsp. eriocephalus", The Plant List, retrieved 2015-03-01
  4. ^ "Cistus creticus". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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