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  • rock rose
  • Eventual height: 1m
  • Eventual spread: 1m

Cistus × purpureus

rock rose

RHS award of garden merit £12.99 £9.99
Pot size 2 litre pot
2 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)

    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, Cistus x purpureus produces crumpled, dark-pink flowers splashed with maroon at the base of each petal. 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 plant 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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