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Helianthemum ‘Raspberry Ripple’ (Rock Rose)

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

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Helianthemum ‘Raspberry Ripple’ (Rock Rose or Sun Rose) is an eye-catching low-growing evergreen shrub resembling a flower carpet from 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 ground cover 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.
  • A great choice for banks and slopes, rock gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, as an 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 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 from becoming leggy. It may not regenerate from old wood.

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 Cistaceae
Genus Helianthemum
Common names Rock Rose
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Coastal Garden
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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 Cistaceae
Genus Helianthemum
Common names Rock Rose
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Coastal Garden
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