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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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24 July, 2010

Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum chamaecistus)

The Common Rock-rose is a flower of calcareous soils and can be found from May to September on dry, grassy or shrubby areas in Dorset.

Not a rose at all, it is a member of a very small family of plants, the cistaceae. There are just four members of the family, and the others are more common in Europe and are very are here in Britain.

Rock-rose is a favoured food plant for some butterflies, especially Green Hairstreak.