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Cistus × dansereaui 'Decumbens' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Dark Red in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

rock rose 'Decumbens'

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

'Decumbens' is a small, low-growing evergreen shrub of spreading habit. Leaves narrow, somewhat sticky. Flowers 6cm in width, white with a crimson blotch at the base of each petal

Synonym(s)

  • Cistus × lusitanicus 'Decumbens'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Will grow well in poor soils, but requires full sun and shelter

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Ground Cover, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Cottage/Informal Garden or City/Courtyard Gardens


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free