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Helianthemum 'Raspberry Ripple' (Rock Rose)

Rock Rose 'Raspberry Ripple', Sun Rose 'Raspberry Ripple'


Helianthemum 'Raspberry Ripple' (Rock Rose or Sun Rose) is an eye-catching low-growing evergreen shrub resembling a flower carpet in late spring to midsummer. Abundant, showy, saucer-shaped, crimson to rose flowers, 1 in. across (3 cm), tipped with white and adorned with a boss of central yellow stamens literally smother the plant. Each flower opens for one day only, but new buds keep opening, enabling a long lasting display for months. These flowers can vary from shrub to shrub, or even from one year to the next, but usually, each bloom features a tricolor look with a splash of raspberry around the golden center as well as white edging and streaks. While the flowers are the main attraction, the evergreen foliage of silvery-green, lance-shaped leaves, is almost as compelling. Because of its ground-hugging habit, 'Raspberry Ripple' makes a terrific groundcover for a sunny location. Once established, this Mediterranean native is very drought tolerant and quite resilient, without being invasive.

  • Grows up to 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
  • Best in full sun in dry, sandy or rocky, alkaline, well-drained soils. This plant prefers cool summers and warm winters and is not reliably hardy in USDA zone 5. Drought tolerant.
  • Great choice for banks and slopes, rock gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, as edging plant, ground cover or for your border fronts. Lovely on a stone wall for a cascading effect.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Shear plants after flowering to shape and to promote new growth.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer
  • Generally pest and disease free
  • Ensure it is pruned annually, to prevent it becoming leggy. It may not regenerate from old wood.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Helianthemum - Rock Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Helianthemum - Rock Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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