Cistus x purpureus


Cistus x purpureus in a 3 litre pot.

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Cistus x purpureus is a hybrid shrub in the genus Cistus, which is part of the family Cistaceae. It is a cross between Cistus creticus and Cistus ladanifer. Cistus x purpureus is known for its attractive purple-pink flowers, which bloom in late spring to early summer. The flowers have a papery texture and a distinctive, sweet fragrance. The shrub itself is evergreen and has a bushy habit, with dark green leaves that are slightly hairy and sticky to the touch. Cistus x purpureus is native to the Mediterranean region, where it grows in rocky and sandy areas. It is also known by the common names Purple Rockrose and Orchid Rockrose.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):Purple-flowered Rock Rose
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
  • How big will I get? Cistus x purpureus can grow to a height of 1m and a spread of 1m.
  • Did You Know That:The a single flower of Cistus species often only lasts a day? This is not too noticeable due to the number of flowers they produce!

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Flowering Time
Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Cistus x purpureus prefers soil with good drainage and does not tolerate standing water. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Cistus x purpureus prefers a sheltered position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.


Cistus x purpureus is fairly low maintenance and doesn’t require any pruning. Established plants can be damaged by any pruning as it makes them more susceptible to frost damage and they don’t respond well to it generally. Younger plants are more resilient to pruning and the leading stem and the larger sideshoots can be reduced by two thirds to try and encourage the plant to have a bushier form.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Cistus x purpureus is generally pest free, and it tends not to have problems with diseases.

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