Cistus × purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

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Buy Cistus × purpureus 'Alan Fradd' rock rose: Compact evergreen with large white flowers

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to 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 plants 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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Notes on 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"

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Flowered all summer


The cistus is on a bank in a shared garden. Much admired by neighbours. New flowers formed frequently over the summer months.

Hat woman



Great plant for a sunny spot


Beautiful, low maintenance, drought tolerant

Ken the gardener



Reliable shrub.


Hardy evergreen shrub that gives colour all year round.




A great success in my garden.


Feature in front garden. Very pretty flowers.




I enjoy this plant


I love this plant because of its delicate paper-like flowers.I have it in a pot at the moment and, as long as I remember to water it,it is fine.The only draw back is that it needs very regular dead heading to keep it looking good. I find that the standard of plants from Crocus is absolutely excellent.Consistently better than anywhere else I buy plants. My husband John chose this plant. He died earlier this year so I am now trying to keep things going




NIce quality plant, arrived as scheduled


Nice plant, good quality, size good




A very pretty, evergreen, hassle free plant.


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!

The Constant Gardener





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





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This Cistus is only in its second year.Its planted in a dry corner of an east facing wall, though in quite a sheltered situation.Last summer it flowered profusely, but this spring the foliage is dying back and the leaves have a sticky feel to them. We live in Bath and winters are generally mild. Do you know what the problem might be please and how might I deal with it? Sincere thanks Peter Cartwright.


Hello, An east-facing corner does not sound ideal for this plant, which would much prefer an open spot with lots of sun, so perhaps it would be happier if you moved it. As for pests and diseases, they rarely succumb, however if this corner is very sheltered, then I would be checking for signs of sap-sucking insects, either on the leaves of this plant, or on any overhanging plants.

Rabbit proof shrubs Dear Sirs We are planning to plant a 30mt long border with flowering shrubs and have assorted colours of Rhododendrons in mind. Our main concern is that the shrubs must be rabbit proof as the border is adjacent to woods and a large grassed area. Also, where possible we would like to have 'flowers' on the shrubs throughout the summer. Would you be able to provide a picking list of suitable shrubs? Thank you for your prompt attention Andy

Clark, Andy (buying)

Hello there, These are really troublesome pests, and there are no effective deterrents available (apart from getting a guard dog) which will be any help to you. They tend to prefer leaves and soft stems rather than flowers and woody stems, and they seem to prefer feeding in exposed positions and often nibble plants at the edge of borders. This habit can be used to the gardener's advantage by planting more valuable subjects in the centre of beds. In winter, when food is scarce, deciduous plants at the edge of beds will not interest rabbits, and will help protect winter flowers in the centre. Below is a list of flowering shrubs which they usually tend to leave alone. Buddleia davidii, Ceanothus Cistus Cotoneaster dammeri Deutzia Hebe Hypericum Hydrangea Mahonia aquifolium Potentilla fructicosa Rhododendron spp. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Advice required please... Hello, I wonder if you can please help. I have a west facing balcony that gets the sun most of the afternoon - so gets pretty hot during the summer. I would really like to get some pretty flowering plants but have no idea what would be suitable for this area. Could you please advise. Many thanks Clare

C Mul

Hello Clare, The first thing I would strongly recommend is that you install an automatic watering system as plants on a sunny balcony will dry out very quickly. If watering is not going to be a problem, then can choose from any of the following Bergenia Viburnum tinus Cistus Lavandula Brachyglottis I hope this give you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

What can grow in a pot in a seaside location? We have a decent-sized front garden and we would love to have something that we can grow in a very large tub. We live very close to the beach so it is sometimes very windy. What can we put out there?

Pat Fox

There are some great plants that should be able to cope provided they are kept well fed and watered. Here are some of the best. Ceanothus Cistus Lavandula Convolvulus cneorum Rosmarinus Brachyglottis (Dunedin Group) 'Sunshine'


What can we grow in our dry, sunny border? I have a sunny and very dry border up against the front of the house. It is about 14 inches wide but protected by the house from receiving hardly any rain. Because of the window any plants must be less than 1m high. We have considered lavender but would really appreciate any other suggestions.

Carl and Deirdre Leaman

There are some lovely plants (including the lavenders) that will thrive in a dry, sunny spot, but it will be important that they are kept really well watered for the first year or so until they have had a chance to become established. Below are some of the ones we sell, just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. Convolvulus cneorum Cistus Santolina chamaecyparissus Nana Lavender Achillea Echinops


What plants would you recommend for my Mediterranean style garden? Our garden is quite well established and has a Mediterranean feel. We have quite a few spaces that need filling and were hoping you could suggest a few things?

Mrs C Taylor

We have several plants that might interest you - here are some of the best Lavandula Cistus Kniphofia Euphorbias Yucca filamentosa Eryngium Sedum Brachyglottis Convolvulus cneorum



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