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Cistus x purpureus

Common Name:
Orchid rockrose
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Cistaceae (The Rockrose Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
4 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Purplish rose
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This familiar hybrid, of which only one, unnamed clone seems to be grown much in California, has a nearly round profile, growing 3-5 feet high and wide. It has narrow, slightly wavy-edged leaves up to 2 inches long, dark green above and greyish beneath. The broad-petalled flowers are up to 3 inches broad, purplish rose overall with a darker eyespot near the base of each petal. Flowers are profuse in spring and early summer.