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Cistus × argenteus 'Peggy Sammons'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

rock rose 'Peggy Sammons'

Family

Cistaceae


Cistus are evergreen shrubs with simple, opposite leaves and 5-petalled, bowl-shaped, white, pink or purplish flowers, each lasting a single day, over a long period in summer

'Peggy Sammons' is a small evergreen shrub of compact upright habit, with grey-green, ovate leaves and pale pink flowers 5cm in width

Synonym(s)

  • Cistus 'Peggy Sammons'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Will grow well in poor soils but may become chlorotic with age on chalky soils. Needs a sheltered position in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8 or pruning group 9. Does not respond to hard pruning

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free