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Cistus x pulverulentus ‘Sunset’ (Magenta Rock Rose)

Rock Rose 'Sunset', Cistus 'Sunset', Cistus crispus 'Sunset'

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Cistus × Pulverulentus 'Sunset', Rock Rose 'Sunset', Cistus 'Sunset', Cistus crispus 'Sunset', Magenta Rock Rose, Mediterranean plants, Mediterranean shrubs, Pink flowers, Purple Flowers

Excellent for adding sparkling color to dry gardens, Cistus x pulverulentus ‘Sunset’ (Magenta Rock Rose) is a low spreading, evergreen shrub with eye-catching clusters of yellow-centered, rich cerise flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm). Although each flower lasts only for a day, this vigorous shrub provides a succession of flowers for weeks until the end of summer. The blossoms are borne atop a compact mound of slightly wavy-edged, felty, gray-green leaves. Discovered in 1929, this hybrid Cistus results from a cross between Cistus albidus and Cistus crispus and stands among the most ornamental of all the Mediterranean flowers.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its noteworthy qualities.
  • Grows with a bushy habit to 2-3 ft. high (60-90 cm) and 6-8 ft. wide (180-240 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 and tolerate coastal conditions. Protect from cold winds.
  • Drought and salt tolerantdeer 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 softwood cuttings
  • Does not respond to hard pruning.

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Heat Zones 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cistaceae
Genus Cistus
Common names Rockrose, Cistus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Cistus x florentinus (Florentine Rockrose)
Cistus creticus (Cretan Rockrose)
Cistus × hybridus Little Miss Sunshine (Rockrose)
Cistus × skanbergii (Dwarf Pink Rockrose)
Cistus purpureus (Purple-Flowered Rock Rose)
Cistus creticus ssp. incanus (Pink Rock Rose)

Recommended Companion Plants

Lavandula stoechas ‘Anouk’ (Spanish Lavender)
Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C. Buxton’ (Golden Marguerite)
Helichrysum petiolare (Licorice Plant)
Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian)

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Heat Zones 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cistaceae
Genus Cistus
Common names Rockrose, Cistus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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