Rock rose Cistus albidus Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rock rose (Cistus albidus) Genus: Cistus This is an evergreen, bushy shrub native to southwestern Europe and North Africa. Rock roses are useful in a shrub border, on a hillside, or in containers. Cistus albidus bears vibrant lilac-pink flowers in summer. Although each flower lasts only one day, they are produced in great numbers on plants that are 3 feet tall and wide. Noteworthy Characteristics: Dense, bushy growth habit and dark lilac-pink flowers with yellow centers. Each bloom lasts only a day. Plants are often short-lived. Care: Well-drained soil in full sun, in soil of poor to moderate fertility. Plant in a sheltered site after danger of hard frosts has passed. Pinch back young plants. Old plants are best replaced when they get leggy. Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in containers when ripe or in spring. Root cuttings in summer. Problems: Infrequent. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun Only Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Moderate Characteristics Showy Flowers Bloom Time Summer Flower Color Pink Flower, Purple/Lavender Flower Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Slopes and Hillsides Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Shrubs Related Plants to Cistus albidus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Cape leadwort Plumbago auriculata 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Flower Carpet® Pink Supreme Rosa var. NOA168098F 'Flower Carpet® Pink Supreme' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Darcey Bussell rose Rosa 'Darcey Bussell' (Ausdecorum) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Flower Carpet® Scarlet Rosa var. NOA83100B 'Flower Carpet® Scarlet' View the discussion thread.