Cistus x purpureus
Purple-flowered rock rose
C. × purpureus – C. x purpureus is a compact, rounded evergreen shrub with narrowly oblong or lance-shaped, slightly wavy, dark green leaves and, in summer, deep purple-pink flowers with maroon blotches at the base of each petal.
Bushy, Compact, Rounded
RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Pink, Purple, Flushed red in Summer
Green in All seasons
Prune off any frost damaged shoots in spring. To keep plants tidy and bushy, clip with shears after flowering. Remove about two-thirds of the new growth, but do not cut into old wood as this may kill the plant.
Seed, Softwood cuttings
Cistus x purpureus (Purple-flowered rock rose) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.
Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean
Plant in late Spring. Grows in poor soils, but requires full sun and shelter from the wind.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral