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.

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