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Cistus purpureus Alan Fradd

Rock Rose

Delicate paper like white flowers and very drought tolerant

A great choice for a sunny border where this plant will make a fast-growing mound of sticky green leaves. In summer, single white flowers appear - each with a deep-purple blotch at the base of the petals. These cover the plants, painting a snowy picture before the petals fall to the ground like confetti.


Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Cistus love an open position and are also happy in seaside gardens.


Water well after planting to settle in. Once established, trim back hard after flowering to encourage new growth and plenty of blooms for the following summer.

Cistus have sticky leaves which makes them great plants for seaside gardens. The leaves simply shrug off salt that lands on them.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 45 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 125 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 35 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, Mediterranean garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September