Cistus × pulverulentus 'Sunset'
- in stock
- 2 litre pot
- Standard £4.95
- Next / named day £7.95
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
Cistus originate from dry, rocky parts of the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, and so are drought-tolerant and low maintanance. They produce masses of flowers in midsummer, but each lasts only one day. In June and July, 'Sunset' produces a profusion of magenta flowers with prominent yellow centres that look like crumpled tissue paper, offset by wavy-margined, sage-green leaves in June and July. It is particularly free-flowering and will tolerate chalky soil and salty air. Compact and spreading in habit, it makes an attractive, evergreen, ground cover or edging plant for a small, sheltered, sunny border.
- Garden care: After flowering, pinch back young plant to encourage a bushy habit. Lightly trim or cut back any stems that spoil the symmetry of the plant. This plant should never be pruned hard.