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Cistus x argenteus Silver Pink

Rock Rose

Masses of delicate pink flowers and very drought tolerant

Bewitching when in flower this Rock Rose has soft, pointed sage-green leaves that make a low-growing, evergreen mound. In summer beautiful rose-pink flowers appear - each with a fluffy golden-yellow centre.


Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Cistus are happy in very dry conditions once established. An excellent choice for coastal gardens or for growing on a sunny bank.


Easy to grow - just trim after flowering to remove the faded flower spikes and encourage new growth for the following year.

Originally from the Mediterranean, Cistus don't mind droughts and aren't bothered by the scorching sun and salt winds of exposed seaside gardens.

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 65 cm - 80 cm
Plant width 75 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

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