Rock rose

Cistus × purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

Rock rose - Cistus × purpureus  'Alan Fradd'

Common Name: Rock rose
Genus: Cistus
Species: purpureus
Cultivar: 'Alan Fradd'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, White
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 so are drought-tolerant and low maintanance. They produce masses of flowers in midsummer, but each lasts only one day. In June and July 'Alan Fradd' produces large crumpled white flowers splashed with maroon at the base of each petal set against dark green lance-shaped leaves. Try this rounded, sun-loving, evergreen rock rose towards the front of a sheltered, sunny, well-drained border or in a container. It will tolerate chalky soil and salty air.

  • 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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