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- n. Plural form of rockrose.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The base, originally, was spikenard (a musty root that is reminiscent of wet soil), costus (a musky root that smells like goats), and labdanum (the resin from the same rockroses that grew on the mountains that were my inspiration).
The bushes, and the long grasses, between the boulders, the patches of rabbit-cropped turf, the thyme and the sage and the marjoram, and the yellow rockroses all vanished, and they found themselves at the top of a wide steep slope of fallen stones, the remains of a landslide.
Apparently the Cytinus plant grows entirely inside the roots of Cistus plants - i.e. rockroses; the pink petals in the picture are from a Cistus - and only produces an external growth when it flowers.
Then, jump, we're in modern-day Lisbon, with a mysterious Italian in a cafe sipping fine wine with a "hint of raspberry and cassis with overtones of rockroses and violets."
In sunny, unirrigated areas, evergreen rockroses (Cistus) and California lilac (Ceanothus) are excellent choices.
I have also been privileged to walk along the water, drinking in the sight and scent of rockroses in full profusion, in my awe reminded of Dylan Thomas’s wonderful line, “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.”