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Cistus creticus ssp. incanus (Pink Rock Rose)

Pink Rock Rose, Hairy Rockrose, Gum Cistus, Grey Rockrose, European Rock Rose, Balm of Gilead


Glowing in the sunny border, Cistus creticus ssp. incanus (Pink Rock Rose) is a bushy evergreen shrub with flamboyant, deep pink flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with orange stamens. Although each flower lasts only for a day, this vigorous shrub provides a succession of flowers for weeks in late spring with reblooms throughout the summer. The blossoms are borne atop a low-growing, dense mound of wavy-edged, gray-green leaves. Extremely heat-hardy, Pink Rock Rose stands also among the hardiest of all Rock Roses, tolerating temperatures down to 10-15°F (-12 to -9°C), provided the chilly periods are not extended. This tough little Cistus tolerates salt spray, wind, and extreme drought conditions, making it an excellent addition to seaside gardens.

  • Grows with a bushy habit to 2-4 ft. high (60-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Excellent evergreen shrub for gardens that get infrequent to little watering. Will grow in poor soils. Protect from cold winds.
  • Drought and salt tolerant, deer resistant
  • Great for banks and slopes, beds and borders, wall-side borders, groundcovers, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, rock gardens and city gardens.
  • Virtually disease and pest free
  • Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings
  • Does not respond to hard pruning.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 9 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cistus - Rock Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 9 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cistus - Rock Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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