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CISTUS x purpureus
Commonly known as Rock rose
CISTUS x purpureus
Narrowly-oblong, lance-shaped, dark-green leaves to 5cm (2in) long.
Striped, Veined or Multicoloured
Dwarf shrub Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Rounded shrub with sticky, upright, red-flushed shoots. Flowers are crinkled, in terminal cymes of 3.
Hardy - average winter Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Good to know - wildlife plant - insects, butterflies. Pinch back after flowering to maintain shape. Never prune hard.
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Cup-shaped - to 7cm (3in) across
Coastal / windswept - slightly back from the sea with more shelter
Frost hardy (down to -5)
Lanceolate see photos above
Pruning group 5
Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Pruning group 6 - Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.
RHS group 9 & 11
Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - generally lime tolerant, but can become chlorotic on chalky soils.
Buy Varieties of CISTUS x purpureus
White flowers with red marks at the base of each petal. Often has some flowers which revert in part to rosy-crimson