Orchid rockrose

Cistus x purpureus


This colorful rockrose cultivar grows into a medium to large size mounding shrub, 3-5 ft. tall and 5-8 ft. wide. Long leaves are dark green green on top and pale green below. Large flowers grow 2-3 in. in diameter during spring and are deep orchid-purple with a distinctive crimson-purple spot at the base of each petal.

Orchid rockrose is a tough and attractive plant that provides handsome foliage character and a bold springtime flowering season. It is a consistent garden performer in Inland Empire gardens on slopes and banks, in background areas and for casual hedges and borders. It is well adapted to sun, heat, low summer moisture and a variety of soil conditions. Mature plants can be clipped to achieve uniform shape and hedge-type growth.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Magenta
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun, Wind, Heat, Drought, Coastal salt air, Aridity
Function: Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Borders, Banks, Background plant, Slopes, Rock gardens, Hedge, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Grouped
Height: 3 ft. – 4 ft.
Width: 5 ft. – 8 ft.

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