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Cistus x skanbergii - Pink Rockrose

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Cistaceae (Rock-roses)
Origin: Greece (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Pink
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (C. monoseliensis x C. parviflorus)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Cistus x skanbergii (Pink Rockrose) - A low dense evergreen shrub to 2 to 3(4) feet tall by 4-5(6) feet wide with soft, gray-green foliage. In spring and early summer appear the 1 inch wide pale pink blooms with yellow stamens in the center. The flowers are smaller than most rockroses but have an attractive metallic sheen and are produced so profusely that they cover the plant. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to not at all. It is hardy to about 20 degrees F and tolerates seaside conditions, drought and is resistant to deer predation and is a low fuel volume plant for areas prone to wildfire. Shear back in late summer for a fall rebloom. This plant was originally described as a species by Italian botanist Michele Lojacono Pojero (1853-1919) but it is now considered to be a natural hybrid between Cistus monspeliensis and C. parviflorus that originates where the two species overlap in Greece and Sicily. The name Cistus is from the Greek word 'kistos' which was the name originally used to describe the plant in ancient Greece.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Cistus x skanbergii.