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Purple Rock Rose

Cistus x purpureus

Pronunciation: SIS-tus pur-PUR-ee-us
SKU #02460
8-11

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Once established water during dry spells.
Blooms Late Spring into Summer
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Rounded
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Hedge
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Aloe (Aloe); Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
Lore Oil harvested from the rockrose plants was known as labdanum, a valuable alternative to rare whale ambergris in the ancient perfume trade.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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