Cistus x purpureus
Common Name: Orchid Rockrose
Type: Evergreen Shrub
Size: 3-4 ft. high and wide.
Flowers: Bright orchid 3 in. flowers with purple markings, spring into summer and longer; wrinkled dark green leaves to 2 in. long.
Uses: Bright color accent, small screen, slopes for erosion control. Tolerates heat, salt spray and wind. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Fairly deer resistant.
Soil: Tolerates a variety; well-drained if watered.
Sun: Full sun.
Pruning: Can be clipped as hedge. Most Cistus resent hard pruning. Periodically cut out a few old stems instead.
Pests & Diseases: Root rot (usually from poorly-draining soil).
Notes: One of longer-lasting cistus. C. sp. ‘Sunset’ has rose flowers and grows lower. C. x skanbergii has pink flowers and grows lower. Hardy to 10° F.