Purple Rock Rose
Cistus x purpureus
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Companion Plants||Aloe (Aloe); Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)|
|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.|
|Lore||Oil harvested from the rockrose plants was known as labdanum, a valuable alternative to rare whale ambergris in the ancient perfume trade.|
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.