Cistus crispus is a much-branched, compact, busht evergreen shrub usually growing 20 - 50cm tall, occasionally reaching 70cm. The young shoots are clothed with long white hairs.The plant has been shown to have a number of medicinal properties, in particular as an antioxidant and antibacterial. We have not found any specific records for the plant being utilized as a medicine, though it is very likely to be used on a local basis. The plant is grown as an ornamental in gardens. C. crispus is a small, dense evergreen shrub with silvery-green leaves. Dark magenta flowers with yellow stamens are borne in terminal cymes and last only a day but are replenished with new ones the next. Very nice in borders, along pathways, or at the base of walls. They will thrive in poor soil but not in colder climates.