Cistus laurifolius, also known as laurel-leaved rock rose, is a species of flowering plant in the Cistaceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region, including parts of southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Cistus laurifolius is an evergreen shrub that typically grows to a height of 1-2 meters (3-6 feet). It has dark green, glossy leaves that are lanceolate (shaped like a lance) and up to 8 centimeters (3 inches) long. The flowers are white or pinkish-white, with yellow stamens, and bloom from late spring to early summer.
This plant is drought-tolerant and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is commonly used in Mediterranean-style gardens, as a specimen plant, or in mixed borders. It is also sometimes used for its essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves and used in perfumes and cosmetics.
In traditional medicine, Cistus laurifolius has been used for a variety of purposes, including treating respiratory infections, wounds, and skin disorders. However, more research is needed to confirm these potential benefits.