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Rockrose

Cistus incanus

Hoary rock-rose

Hardy evergreen shrubs with pretty flowers that last for a long time in Summer. The seeds have a hard coating that allows them to stay viable for a long time until a fire cracks them open. The fast growing seedlings are one of the first to grow after a fire. The plant grows with micro-oranisms on the roots to help prosper in poor soil conditions.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually harvested

Propagation

Cuttings
Take 10-15cm long cuttings and remove bottom halves leaves. Dip in rooting hormone powder and placed in well-draining soil mixture.

Special features

Drought resistant
Grows with root micro-organisms that help to absorb water and minerals.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Gravel, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
The rock rose makes a good garden plant, it can also be grown in a large pot.

Personality

Family
Cistaceae
Flower colour
, Purples, Pink, White, Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Relative problem free.

Companion plants

Plant along side low growing shrubs wit similar water requirements.

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