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Cistus X Purpureus (Rock Rose)

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Cistus x  purpureus (rock rose)

Cistus X Purpureus (Rock Rose)

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Position: full sun
Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June and July
Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
Cistus originate from dry, rocky parts of the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, and so are drought-tolerant and low maintanance. They produce masses of flowers in midsummer, but each lasts only one day. In June and July, Cistus x purpureus produces crumpled, dark-pink flowers splashed with maroon at the base of each petal. Try this rounded, sun-loving, evergreen rock rose towards the front of a sheltered, sunny, well-drained border, or in a container. It will tolerate chalky soil and salty air.Garden care: After flowering,pinch back young plant to encourage a bushy habit. Lightly trim or cut back any stems that spoil the symmetry of the plant. This plant should never be pruned hard.




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