False Sunrose

17 May

False Sunrose (Halimium ocymoides), evergreen shrublet to 1-2 ft. in height with a 3 ft. spread, low, sprawling growth habit, loose clusters of bright yellow flowers in spring, gray-green foliage, full sun, drought tolerant, deer resistant.

Halimium (rockrose or halimium) is a genus of 12 species of evergreen or semi-evergreen subshrubs in the family Cistaceae, closely related to Helianthemum. They are native to Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor, with the centre of diversity in the westernMediterranean 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 flowersare 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.

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