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Cistus for pollinators?

Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
Do bees tend to like cistus? I've noticed they don't tend to have the 'perfect for pollinators' tag but they look like the sort of flowers that would be ideal.

Mother in law has this one which I believe is Alan Fradd and the flowers look fantastic.


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,462
    I have one and the poor thing has been flowering bravely, but it has been so cold, wet and windy that there is hardly a pollinator to be seen anywhere. Hard to say if they like it on evidence therefore, but if the weather was more like summer is supposed to be, (and my bush were bigger, with more flowers to offer) then I am sure it would attract some prospecting insects :)
    My poor Alan Fradd has to live in a pot so that it can be overwintered in the greenhouse. Can't plant it out as past winters have been brutal, but with the climate crisis who knows what they will be like.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
    Anyone else noticed much in the way of bees being drawn to theirs?
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 920
    edited August 2020
    We have a group of three cistus and I didn’t answer immediately as I’ve been trying to remember what the bee activity was like. It’s just occurred to me that if I can’t remember then they probably didn’t get a lot of interest. That’s not to say bees don’t like them but they certainly didn’t attract very many. We do get quite a lot of bees in our garden so do notice the bee “magnets“

    Just asked OH, he’s the one who tends to refill the birdbath very near them and he says that he didn’t notice many bees at all

    PS ours are the species corbariensis
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
    East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham
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