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botanical name:
Cistus x hybridus
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common name:  Rock Rose, Sun Rose
synonyms:  Cistus x corbariensis
family:  Cistaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 0.90m
width: 1.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: rounded
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Dark green, wavy-edged leaves and rosy pink buds opening to white flowers. Fairly hardy.

cultivation:
Best in poor to moderately fertile, very well drained, gritty soil in full sun. In cool climate areas, provide a position sheltered from cold winds and hard frosts. Drought tolerant.
Can be short lived and best replaced when growth becomes leggy.

propagation:
From cuttings, taken in autumn.

other notes:
Natural hybrid of Cistus populifolius x Cistus salviifolius, occuring wild in France. Cultivated since the middle of the 17th century.

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