Cistus x purpureus

Orchid Rockrose

Native to the Mediterranean region, these evergreen, spring- and summer-blooming shrubs are perfect for sunny, dry or hot situations and seashore plantings. Leaves vary in size and shape, but blooms are single and rose-like. Fast-growing and fire-resistant, they tolerate drought and poor soils. They are also cold-hardy to 10º to 20º F. Need little attention except for cutting back occasionally. Excellent drainage is essential to prevent root rot. Plant in masses in rock gardens or as a bank cover, as they help control erosion.
Cistus x purpureus, Orchid Rockrose
Its reddish-purple, 3-inch-wide flowers with a dark blotch at the base of each petal look like small Poppies.

Attributes - Cistus x purpureus

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Early Summer

Flower Color: Lavender, Pink

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 2 ft. to 4 ft.

Width: 4 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Drought Tolerant, Long Blooming, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Root Rot.

Related Plants

Cistus 'Warley Rose', Cistus incanus, Cistus salviifolius
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