- 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.
“Rock roses are irresistible with their dry, woody, resinous fragrance, evoking memories of Mediterranean skies instantly. Non-stop production of the charming fleeting tissue-paper flowers guarantees you will never even notice that the flowers only last a day”
Lucy Summers - Greenfingers Guides