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Halimium calycinum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Cistaceae
Genus: Halimium
(Dunal) Spach

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Halimium (rockrose, false sun-rose, or halimium) is a genus of 12 species of evergreen or semi-evergreen subshrubs in the family Cistaceae, closely related to Cistus. They are native to Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor, with the centre of diversity in the western Mediterranean region.

The leaves are opposite, simple oval, 1-5 cm long and 0.5-2 cm broad, varying from glossy green to tomentose grey-green. The flowers are 1.5-4 cm diameter, with five petals, white or yellow; in some species the flowers are bicoloured with a dark red or brown basal spot on each petal to act as a nectar guide for pollinating insects.

Selected species

Cultivation and uses[edit]

Several Halimium species, and the numerous hybrids and cultivars derived from them, are widely grown as ornamental plants, popular in rockeries. A broader range of colours is available among the cultivars.


  1. ^ "Halimium calycinum (L) K.Koch". The Plant List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden. 2010 onwards. Retrieved 2013-04-26.  Check date values in: |date= (help)