The Helianthemum nummularium plant is an evergreen that is native of Europe. It has a trailing nature. It carries yellow or pink saucer shaped flowers in late spring and the start of summer; these look quite similar to roses, hence their common name of 'rock-rose'.
The plants like an alkaline dry environment and are natively found on chalk downs. Flowers only last for one day but as the plants carry a multitude of flowers it stays in bloom for a couple of months.
Helianthemum photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking.
This is a great plant to grow if you want to attract bees to the garden as rock-rose is a rich source of nectar. The leaves also act as food source that attracts butterflies, moths, and beetles to the garden.
These can make great ground cover in south facing gardens exposed to a lot of sun. Space at about 2.5 inches (8 cm) if growing as cover.
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