Cistus (Rock Rose, Rose of Sharon)

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  • Common Name: Cistus (Rock Rose, Rose of Sharon)
  • Latin Name: Cistus spp.
  • Family Name: Cistaceae
Being high in tannins could possibly make these plants unpalatable for tortoises, but a few leaves and the odd flower in a mixed diet will do no harm.  Some of the common names for Cistus are also used for other plants like the Hypericum (St. John's Wort/Rose of Sharon) which is toxic; and the Helianthemum (Rock Rose) which is not toxic, so correct identity is important.  See Rock Rose and St. John's Wort.
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