UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Cistus x pulverulentus ‘Sunset’

Pronunciation
SIS-tus pul-ver-oo-LEN-tus
Common Name
Rockrose
Plant Type
Shrub
Mature Size
2 ft. tall and 6 - 8 ft. wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
Hot pink
Wildlife
  • Deer resistant
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

This hot pink rockrose was a long blooming, low growing shrub in our water wise garden until it got crushed by a Teucrium. Even though we had to remove it, we will be looking for a new spot to showcase this reliable performer.

There are a number of different rockrose cultivars. Some grow up to 6 feet, some have white flowers, and others have lavender flowers.

Rockroses thrive in hot, dry areas. They like well draining soil and will quickly die if overwatered. Our experience has been they will die within two years in a regularly watered landscape with clay soil. Our rockrose was planted on a berm (small hill) and received minimal summer water.

You can prune this plant to shape it, but don't cut into the wood because it may not resprout.

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