This is where I’ll announce the most recent additions to my web site. If you’ve visited before and want to know what’s changed, take a look here first. (The bibliography is updated regularly.)
Website relaunched and moved to new server.
This was necessary because the site was written in a very old obsolete program that is no longer supported by the former hosting company. Huge thanks are due to Richard Thompson of RT Website Design, who has undertaken the daunting task of re-writing the underlying code so as to salvage the existing site and give it a new lease of life.
This website was published to the web for the first time in May 2002. It has been modified/expanded in the light of comments received. Please contact me if you have compliments or constructive criticisms.
- C. parviflorus with dark flowers
- C. x skanbergii f. albiflorus
Cistus ‘Enigma’ named by me and new page on ‘Enigma’ added
My latest article published: Page, R.G. (2002) Cistus ‘Enigma’. The Plantsman (new series) 1(3): 160-5 9/2002
Many more photographs added
New variegated Cistus × hybridus Gold Prize ‘Wyecis’ announced: click here for a new link to find out more,/p>
Page on variegation added
Website relaunched and moved to new server at www.cistuspage.org.uk
Information on ladanum updated. (There is no connection with laudanum!)
Cistus × hybridus Gold Prize ‘Wyecis’
The other National Collection of Cistus at Chelsea Physic Garden has been withdrawn, but most of the living collection has been saved and used to supplement another private collection in very capable hands. (March 2005: This collection has now been granted National Collection status by NCCPG.)
New email address
I regret that piracy of photographs by Internet auction sellers forces me to introduce a strict Copyright Policy
Many RHS Colour Chart references added.
Collection withdrawn from NCCPG.
Photo Gallery added
New Cultivar: Cistus ‘Christopher Gable’ added
New Species: Halimium voldii added
Latest article published: Demoly, J.-P. (translated Page, R.G.) (2005) The identity of Cistus ‘Grayswood Pink’ and related plants. The Plantsman (new series) 4(2): 76-80 6/2005
New important article published:
Demoly, J.-P. – Notes taxonomiques, chorologiques et nouveautés nomenclaturales pour le genre Cistus L. élargi, incluant Halimium (Dunal) Spach (Cistaceae) in Acta Bot. Gallica 153(3): 309-323 2006
This article proposes the inclusion within Cistus L. of Halimium (Dunal) Spach and therefore also of x Halimiocistus with major consequences for nomenclature.
New link to new website:
Collecting Labdanum the Traditional Way by Hand A new website showing collection of ladanum/labdanum by the villagers of Sises in Crete, the only place where this ancient skill is still practised.
Website offline as hosting company disappears from the web, taking the website with it.
Website re-launched on new server (thanks to Zen Web Hosting for their help) after former hosting company fails.
Results of important scientific trial of horticultural cultivars published:
Bell, N.C. & Altland, J. – Variety Trials: Growth, Flowering, and Cold Hardiness of Rockrose in Western Oregon in HortTechnology 20(3): 652-9 2010
Full PDF here
N.B. This trial was carried out in climatic conditions similar to the native habitat of Cistaceae. Its results should not be seen as valid for the UK or other non-Mediterranean-type climates.
Many of the cultivars trialled were supplied by me, so I can vouch for their authenticity and the nomenclature used. This does not apply to cultivars sourced from US nurseries.
For a trial under UK conditions see:
Mundie, A. – Cistus Trial 1997-2000 in Northern Gardener 55(2): 50-51 April 2001
Page on Cistus grancanariae Marrero-Rodr., Almeida & C. Ríos added
This newly-recognised species was first described in 2008:
Marrero, A., Almeida, R. & Ríos, C. – Cistus grancanariae sp. nov. (Cistaceae) una nueva especie para Gran Canaria (Islas Canarias) in Bot. Macaronésica 27: 73-88 2008 (PDF here)
I have been informed that the NCCPG guide to Cistus may no longer be available. NCCPG have no more copies and it appears that most of the unsold copies may have been discarded or destroyed at Chelsea Physic Garden.