Cistus (Rock Rose) and Halimium

Cistus x lenis ‘Grayswood Pink’ (syn. ‘Barnsley Pink’, ‘Silver Pink’) – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is an evergreen shrub with fuzzy greyish-green foliage and 1″ wide papery pale pink flowers (with contrasting golden stamens) that emerge in June and continue sporadically throughout the summer. Drought tolerant once established. Grows 18-24″ high. Hardy to zone 7.

Cistus ‘Snow Fire’ (syn. Cistus albidus ‘Snow Fire’, ‘Snowflake’) – The 2.5″ wide blooms (May to August) of this Rock Rose are a pure white contrasted by a deep maroon blotch at the base of each petal and golden-yellow stamens. This Award of Garden Merit winner thrives on light, well-drained soils and tolerates hot sun once established. Grows 4-5′ high and wide. Zone 7-8.

Cistus x argenteus ‘Peggy Sammons’ – The clear mid pink (about 2″ wide) blooms of ‘Peggy Sammons’ have yellow stamens and are borne throughout the summer. The scented grey-green foliage is deer resistant and this shrub dislikes pruning. An Award of Garden Merit winner that is best placed in full sun and well-drained soils. Grows 3-4′ high by 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

Halimium lasianthum (syn. Cistus lasianthus) – Another RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with 1.25″ wide blooms of bright yellow, with each petal blotched in a deep maroon at the base. Flowers from late spring into summer and features small grey-green leaves. Do not attempt to transplant shrubs once established. Grows 2-3′ high by 4-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

Cistus x purpureus (syn. Cistus purpureus ‘Betty Taudevin’) – Very striking 3″ wide blooms (which last a day) of a rich pink with a dark red blotch at the base of each petal and golden stamens – these are borne from late spring into summer. This cross of C. creticus and C. ladanifer is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Grows 4′ high by 4-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

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