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,
Purple
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Slopes and Hillsides
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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