CISTUS creticus

Commonly known as Rock Rose

Purple to rose flowers with a yellow centre and hairy stems
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    wavy-margined, deeply veined, mid-green leaves to 7cm (3in) long.
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
  • Yellow
    With yellow centre
  • Height
    1m (39in)
  • Spread
    1m (39in)
  • Dwarf shrub
    Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
    Produces flowers in terminal cymes of 2-3
  • 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

CISTUS creticus

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Pinch back young plants after flowering to encourage bushiness. Replace old, leggy plants as thay do not respond to hard pruning
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Eastern Mediterranean
  • Flower Shape
    Cup-shaped
    To 6cm (2¾in) across
  • 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
    Obovate
    (see photos above)
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
  • Wildlife
    Butterfly friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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1m (39in)
Dwarf Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1m (39in)
 

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