CISTUS x purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

Commonly known as Rock rose

White flowers with red marks at the base of each petal. Often has some flowers which revert in part to rosy-crimson
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Dark-green, lance-shaped leaves.
  • Red
    With red marks
  • Striped, Veined or Multicoloured
  • White
  • Height
    1m (39in)
  • Spread
    1m (39in)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Rounded shrub. Flowers have a crumpled appearance.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
    Sheltered site.

CISTUS x purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

 
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  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Pinch back after flowering. Wildlife plant - insects, butterflies.
    Pests & Diseases
    None.
    Place of origin
    Southern Europe.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Suitable for open site, slightly back from the sea
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf shape
    Lanceolate
    (see photos above)
    Obovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    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
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
    Generally lime tolerant, but can become chlorotic on chalky soils.
  • Wildlife
    Butterfly friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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1m (39in)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1m (39in)
 

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