Common Rockrose (Helianthemum nummularium)

Shrub
H. chamaecistus. Mill. H. vulgare. Gaertn.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Common Rockrose
Helianthemum nummularium
Cistaceae

A prostrate growing plant, it can be used as a ground cover[11].

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is used in Bach flower remedies – the keywords for prescribing it are ‘Terror’, ‘Panic’ and ‘Extreme fright'[209]. It is also one of the five ingredients in the ‘Rescue remedy'[209].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 – 8cm with a heel, late summer in a sandy soil in a frame[200].
Requires an open sunny position in a light well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5 and 8[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -10¡c[200]. A vigorous plant suitable for the rock garden, crevices in walls or gravel beds[200]. Plants are short-lived, though, soon becoming leggy or sparse, and require fairly frequent replacement[200]. The flowers only open in bright sunshine[200]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be placed in their permanent positions as soon as possible[200]. A polymorphic species[11], there are some named forms that have been selected for their ornamental value[200]. Plants are generally pest and disease-free[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Europe, including Britain, south and east to Spain and Iran in W. Asia.

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