Rock rose

Cistus × pulverulentus 'Sunset'

Rock rose - Cistus × pulverulentus  'Sunset'

Common Name: Rock rose
Genus: Cistus
Species: ◊ pulverulentus
Cultivar: 'Sunset'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Cistus originate from dry rocky parts of the Mediterranean and Canary Islands and are therefore drought-tolerant and low maintanance. They produce masses of flowers in midsummer, but each lasts only one day. In June and July 'Sunset' produces a profusion of magenta flowers with prominent yellow centres that look like crumpled tissue paper, offset by wavy-margined, sage-green leaves in June and July. It is  particularly free-flowering and will tolerate chalky soil and salty air. Compact and spreading in habit, it makes an attractive evergreen ground cover or edging plant for a small, sheltered, sunny border.

  • Garden care: After flowering, pinch back young plants to encourage a bushy habit. Lightly trim or cut back any stems that spoil the symmetry of the plant. This plant should never be pruned hard.


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