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Now that summer is here, we have limited our stock for online purchase. Find Monrovia plants at your local garden center. Pre-order for 2023 will be available later this year.

Magenta Rock Rose

Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset'

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.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationSIS-tus pul-ver-oo-LEN-tus
LoreOil 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.
Is Direct To ConsumerNo
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing, mounding habit; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Early Fall
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Heat Loving, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsAloe (Aloe); Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum); Sedum (Sedum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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