Purple Rock Rose

Cistus x purpureus

SKU
02460
A tidy, compact, sun and heat-loving shrub with showy rose-purple blooms with maroon spots. Tolerates drought, poor soil, even some neglect! Terrific as a rock garden accent, for mass plantings, or for use as an informal divider. Evergreen.
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8 - 11

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Full sun

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

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Botanical PronunciationSIS-tus pur-PUR-ee-us
LoreOil harvested from the rockrose plants was known as labdanum, a valuable alternative to rare whale ambergris in the ancient perfume trade.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring into Summer
Design IdeasThis popular Rock Rose is at home in the traditional landscape and the rugged dryland garden. Beautiful in bloom, it looks fine as a single specimen or in a group to fill overly large planting areas. Makes a heat-tolerant background and foundation plant for full sun plantings. Fits along fence lines and spreads enough to be a filler too. Its muted foliage color and unique textural quality is valuable for complementing rugged conifers and wild-looking perennials. Even does exceptionally well in the reflected heat street side or along the driveway.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, 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, Year-round Interest, Heat Loving, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureDurable Summer Color

Grows easily in average to poor, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 9

Good to grow!