Cistus × purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

rock rose

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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

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

  • 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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A very pretty, evergreen, hassle free plant.

By The Constant Gardener

from Suffolk

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

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    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about Cistus x purpureus 'Alan Fradd':

    I've used this plant in several gardens, plant it and it'll get on with growing, self sufficient with little attention!
    Great as an informal hedge and in huge pots! Doesn't like being cut back although you can shape it lightly and leave it, my most favourite thing about it is apart from the flowers that sadly don't last for long but it's drought free and hardy!

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    By Isabel

    from Wiltshire

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      • Garden

      Comments about Cistus x purpureus 'Alan Fradd':

      A more sophisticated cistus. Large white flowers. Very pretty. Easy in a hot, dry place. Slightly tender.

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