Cistus x purpureus
Also known as:
- Cistus purpurea
- Orchid Rockrose
- Purple Rockrose
drought tolerant, dry in summer
heat tolerant, seaside / salt tolerant
evergreen, silver / gray / blue, velvety / woolly / fuzzy
bees, deer resistant
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Description by: Plant Delights Nursery, Inc
Raleigh, North Carolina
ServicesMail Order Nursery
Cistus x purpureus is a hybrid of two Mediterranean species, Cistus ladanifer x Cistus creticus, originally hybridized for oil production. Despite its Mediterranean heritage, Cistus x purpureus fares quite well in our wet, humid summers as long as the soil drainage is excellent. Cistus x purpureus matures as a 3' tall x 5' wide shrub, clothed in gummy-feeling, narrow, dark green foliage. The highlight season is late spring, when the clump is topped by stunning 3.5", pinky-purple, papery flowers. Each flower is highlighted by a dark maroon blotch at the base of each petal. This is one of the most asked-about plants at our spring open house.
Description by: Garden World
A low, rounded, evergreen shrub with narrow, gray-green leaves. Blooms in late spring with large, rose-purple flowers that have maroon spots at the base. Drought tolerant.
Description by: Native Sons
Arroyo Grande, California
Evergreen shrub growing to 4' tall and wide, often shorter in stressful situations. The rosy-crimson flowers to 3" wide exhibit a dark purple blotch at the base of each petal, and bloom early to mid-summer. The flowers also feature a contrasting yellow cluster of stamens in the center. A fine choice for a limiting environment of salt spray and cool winds. Relatively long-lived, tolerant of heat and aridity as well as accepting many soil conditions.
Description by: Greer Gardens Inc.
ServicesGardens and Educators
Maroon points around a yellow center on an orchid background look like stars in an orchid sky floating above clouds of soft, green wavy-edged foliage. One of the most beautiful Cistus available, the Orchid Rockrose will spill gracefully down a hillside or tumble over rocks and charm you every time you see it.
Description by: Briggs Plant Propagators
A compact, mounded plant with purplish pink flowers. Best adapted to a coastal climate but deserving of a try in any Zone 6 garden. Salt tolerant.