Rock rose

Cistus albidus

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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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

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