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Cistus x purpureus

x purpureus
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At a Glance

- Cistus purpureus
- Large crimson flowers with chocolate markings
- silvery foliage
- mound forming evergreen shrub
- easy to grow
- drought tolerant

Plant Information

Cistus purpureus, commonly known as Rock Rose is a hardy evergreen shrub with mid green leaves and crimson saucer shaped flowers with chocolate basal blotches with 5 petals. Each flower lasts just a day but many new flowers open every day through, early-mid summer.

Cistus purpureus makes an excellent shrub for a sunny mixed border. Requires little maintenance but can be trimmed lightly each year to retain shape - do not cut hard as this may damage or kill the plant. Best in a well drained soil in full sun to light shade


Genus: Cistus
Variety: x purpureus
Category: Shrub

Height & Spread: 60cm x 1m
Flower Colour: purple
Foliage: Evergreen
Soil Type: best in poorer well drained soils
Aspect: full Sun
Season of Interest: Summer

Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline and may vary according to local conditions

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