Cistus × purpureus 'Alan Fradd'
As tempting as a choc ice on a hot afternoon, a long-flowering white cistus with a chocolate-red blotch in the centre of every flower
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
Cistus originate from dry, rocky parts of the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, and so are drought-tolerant and low maintenance. They produce masses of flowers in midsummer, but each lasts only one day. In June and July, 'Alan Fradd' produces large, crumpled, white flowers splashed with maroon at the base of each petal, set against dark green, lance-shaped leaves. Try this rounded, sun-loving, evergreen rock rose towards the front of a sheltered, sunny, well-drained border, or in a container. It will tolerate chalky soil and salty air.
- Garden care: After flowering, pinch back young plant to encourage a bushy habit. Lightly trim or cut back any stems that spoil the symmetry of the plant. This plant should never be pruned hard.
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