Sunset rockrose

Cistus x pulverulentus ‘Sunset’


Sunset rockrose is low spreading to mounding shrub, 18-24 in. tall and ranging 3-5 ft. across. Colorful flowers are deep rose-magenta with yellow centers cover the plant in spring. Foliage is comprised of pale green leaves that are covered with many small hairs and heavily textured.

This rockrose cultivar is a popular choice for use as a ground cover on banks and in mixed understory plantings within traditional Mediterranean and southwestern garden plantings. It can be planted as individual flowering accent shrubs as well for small group plantings. Seasonal pruning in the fall helps retain good form and foliage character for 4-6 years.

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Magenta
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Coastal salt air, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Slopes, Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Borders, Banks, Small spaces
Height: 12 in. – 18 in.
Width: 3 ft. – 6 ft.