Rock-rose

Latin name: Helianthemum nummularium

Family: Cistaceae

The Common rock-rose's Latin name is Helianthemum which translates as 'sun-flower'. This is because the flowers react to the sun and will open fully in bright sunshine.

Its colours range from the more common bright yellow through to various shades of orange. Growing close to the ground, this evergreen shrub produces a mass of short-lived flowers during summer.

In the Yorkshire Dales National Park, common rock-rose can be found on limestone grassland and in crevices between limestone rocks. In the summer, the bright yellow flowers are a common sight in the limestone grasslands of the Craven District of the National Park.

The Common rock-rose is an important part of the eco-system and provides a food source for the larvae of several species of moth and butterfly including the northern brown argus butterfly.

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