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Cistus purpureus

Cistus purpureus

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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Cerise Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Half hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Cistus purpureus Description

This semi-hardy low growing shrub is suited to sunny dry borders. Deep purple blossoms are borne through out the summer, complimenting attractive dark green foliage and spreading habit. 1.m wide x 80cm.


Cistus purpureus - Cultivation Notes

No other flowering shrub will tolerate such tough dry conditions yet continue to produce blossom for so long and with such impact. Cistus requires a hot dry location away from the wet and cold damaging winds if it to live out its short life to best effect; it despises wet heavy soils - but will flourish on poor well drained soils, especially chalky soils. Prune dead wood in spring - avoid heavy pruning - preferring to trim to shape. Ideal planted alone or in drifts on hot sunny bank.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Cistus purpureus:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Cistus purpureus:

  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
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Common Missspellings: Sistas, Cistas, Sistis