Definition of cistus in English:



  • A southern European shrub with large white or red flowers, from which the resin ladanum may be extracted.

    Genus Cistus, family Cistaceae

    Also called rock rose
    • ‘Some of the native plants we found growing in the rocky limestone soils of the hills and mountains away from the coastal plains were familiar: cistus, helichrysum, euphorbia, thyme, fennel and rosemary.’
    • ‘Olive trees planted in full sun look their best surrounded by scented herbs and silver-grey Mediterranean plants: helichrysum, cistus, lavender, myrtle and rosemary.’
    • ‘A troop of singing peasants near the road were making mountain hay, full of clover, cistus, and thyme.’
    • ‘His garden has a ‘contemplative side’, with plants from China and Japan, including maples and Himalayan poppies, and a sunnier, Mediterranean side, with euphorbia, osteospermum, sedums, cistus and lavenders.’
    • ‘These and plants such as lavatera, buddleia and cistus are generally not worth moving unless they have been in the ground for two or three years.’


Modern Latin, from Greek kistos.