Cistus albidus, also known as gray-leaved rockrose, is a species of evergreen shrub that belongs to the Cistaceae family. It is native to the western Mediterranean region, particularly in Spain, Portugal, France, and Morocco.
The plant has distinctive grey-green leaves, which are oblong and pointed, with a slightly rough texture. It can grow up to 1-2 meters tall and can spread out to about 1-1.5 meters wide. The flowers of Cistus albidus are pink or white and bloom from late spring to early summer.
Cistus albidus is known for its medicinal properties. The plant contains a variety of bioactive compounds, such as flavonoids, tannins, and essential oils, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects. It has been traditionally used for treating various health issues such as wounds, respiratory problems, and digestive issues.
In addition, Cistus albidus is often used in landscaping and gardening for its attractive foliage and flowers. It is a hardy and drought-tolerant plant that can thrive in a range of soil types, as long as the soil is well-draining. It prefers full sun to partial shade and requires minimal pruning to maintain its shape.