Magenta Rock Rose
Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset'
|Description||An excellent plant for adding showy color to dry banks with loads of bright pink flowers from late spring to fall. Its compact, mounding form is also great for low dividers or lining driveways. Tolerates poor soil, salt spray, and desert heat. Evergreen.|
|Watering||Once established water during dry spells.|
|Blooms||Late spring to early fall|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing, mounding habit; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container|
|Design Ideas||This is a very bright-flowering, spreading shrub, ideal for reducing maintenance in dry gardens. Excellent for a drought-resistant planting on banks and slopes. Good for separating your yard from neighbor's driveway. It is at home in a Mediterranean or Santa Fe setting. Works very well as filler between larger shrubs, and for arranging along edges of dry streambeds and around boulders. Takes the heat in stride and will add zest to a rock garden with cacti or Western natives.|
|Companion Plants||Aloe (Aloe); Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum); Sedum (Sedum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)|
|Care||Grows easily in average to poor, well-drained sites. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.|
|Lore||Oil harvested from the rockrose plants was known as labdanum, a valuable alternative to rare whale ambergris in the ancient perfume trade. The name Cistus is from the Greek for "box," alluding to the square shape of the seed capsules.|
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.