Helianthemum Nummularium (known as common rock-rose) is a species of rock-rose (Cistaceae), native to most of Europe.The Cistaceae are a small family of plants (rock-rose or rock rose family) known for their beautiful shrubs, which are profusely covered by flowers at the time of blossom. This family consists of about (170-200) species in nine genera.
It is an evergreen trailing plant with loose terminal clusters of bright yellow, saucer-shaped flowers. In the flower centre is a tight cluster of orange stamens, which are sensitive to the touch, and spread outwards to reveal the tall stigma in the middle. The plant is common on chalk downs, and occasional in other grasslands, always on dry, base-rich soil. The wild species has yellow flowers, but garden varieties range from white through yellow to deep red. Though the individual blooms are short-lived, the plant produces a mass of flowers through the summer. It needs a dry, sunny place, like a south-facing rockery or meadow. As the Latin name Helianthemum suggests, these are sun-flowers. This is a good nectar source for bees and there are several species of small beetle that feed on the foliage.The fruit is a capsule, usually with five or ten valves (three in Helianthemum). The seeds are small, with a hard, water-impermeable coating, weighing around 1mg.
- Cistus, Halimium and Helianthemum are widely cultivated ornamental plant.
- Cistaceae has been listed as one of the 38 plants used to prepare Bach flower remedies, widely used in state of extreme terror. This Remedy is one of the rescue remedy given in emergency situations for instant benefits. This state of shock is temporary such as news of an accident, report of sudden illness, Love breakup’s etc. These people loose their mindset and become depressed for some time. This Remedy provides an instant effect on children who wakes up crying after a nightmare and are fear of going back to sleep again,So parents of these kids should keep this remedy handy.
This Bach Flower Remedy has proven helpful as an additional medication in the treatment of sun stroke, heat stroke and drug addiction.