Common Rock-Rose is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in rocky ground, chalk grassland and heath, to a mature height of up to 30cm.
Common Rock-Rose is an evergreen sub-shrub with small glossy leaves. The plant is covered in short downy hairs and has green to red stems. It takes its name from its habitat and likeness of its flowers to those of the rose.
Botanic classification and naming: Common Rock-Rose is a member of the Rock-Rose (Cistaceae) family. The genus name
'Helianthemum' identifies the plant as a Rock-Rose and its species name 'nummularium' means 'coin-shaped (flowers)'.