Magenta Rock Rose
Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||SIS-tus pul-ver-oo-LEN-tus|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing, mounding habit; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Spring to Early Fall|
|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.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Heat Loving, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Sun Loving Flowers|
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