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Magenta Rock Rose

Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset'

Pronunciation: SIS-tus pul-ver-oo-LEN-tus
SKU #02451
8-11

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OVERVIEW
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.
Light Full sun
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.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
STYLE
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.
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Gray-green
Companion Plants Aloe (Aloe); Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum); Sedum (Sedum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)
CARE
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.
HISTORY
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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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