Summer Loving Mediterranean Plant Flowers at Heligan... in NOVEMBER!!

P1050264_web_SMLGardeners at The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been amazed to find a Cistus – which normally flowers in the Summer – in full bloom, despite the recent cold snap of weather.

Head Gardener Mike Friend discovered the beautiful summer flower in the Stewards House Garden whilst giving some guests a tour of the gardens.

“I was very surprised to notice a Cistus in bloom with several other buds just waiting to open” he comments, “it’s a plant that likes to be in a hot and dry environment, so for it to be flowering here in November with all the rain we have had is quite a shock”.

Cistus is a genus of flowering plants in the rockrose family Cistaceae, containing about 20 species. These plants are perennial shrubs found on dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal through to the Middle East, and also on the Canary Islands.

The team at Heligan are now hoping the Cistus continues to flourish so visitors to the iconic estate can continue to enjoy it’s unseasonal beauty.


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