Rock Rose

Cistus x purpureus

Rock Rose - Cistus x purpureus

Common Name: Rock Rose
Genus: Cistus
Species: x purpureus

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

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

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

The shoots and leaves of Cistus x purpureus are sticky and fragrant. They are mid-green in colour. This evergreen shrub flowers during early and mid summer, the flowers have tissue-paper thin petals that are deep pink with purple markings at the base of each petal. Each flower only lasts for one day but there are many, many flowers, especially if planted in a sunny position. Cistus x purpureus is a hybrid produced from a cross between C. ladinifer and C. villosus.


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