You are here

Common Rock-rose

Click the pic!

To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

A flower of calcareous soils and can be found from May to September on dry, grassy or scrubby areas in Dorset.


Common Rock-rose: take courage

Post date: Tuesday, 19 July, 2016 - 20:58

The common rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium) is a plant that favours calcareous soils and can be found from May through until September on dry, grassy or scrubby areas in Dorset on the chalk ridge to the north of the county and along the limestone coast of Purbeck and Portland.

Not a rose at all, it is a member of a very small family of plants, the cistaceae. There are just four members of this family and the others are more common in mainland Europe and are very rare here in Britain. The common rock-rose has five yellow petals with an orange centre that can be seen from June until September. It is, in fact, a dwarf creeping shrub and each plant produces a number of individual flowers over its summer season

Rock-rose is a favoured food plant for some butterflies, especially the brown argus, the green hairstreak and the silver-studded blue. It also, supposedly has healing properties and is used to calm individuals who have suffered extreme panic, terror or hysteria. It restores strength and courage. 


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Common Rock-rose
Scientific Name Helianthemum nummularium
Family Rockrose family - Cistaceae
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Species Family Simple Flowers
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Five petaled yellow flower on dry grassland
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GC: Calcareous Grassland Associated