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 CharacteristicsDense, bushy growth habit and dark lilac-pink flowers with yellow centers. Each bloom lasts only a day. Plants are often short-lived.
CarePlant in well-drained soil of poor to moderate fertility. Plant in full sun but in a sheltered site after danger of hard frost has passed. Pinch back young plants. Old plants are best replaced when they get leggy.
PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in containers when ripe or in spring. Root cuttings in summer.
- Genus : Cistus
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 8, 9
- Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
- Light : Full Sun
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Flower Color : Pink
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest