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Helianthemum 'Apricot' - Apricot Sunrose

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Cistaceae (Rock-roses)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Apricot
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (Helianthemum nummularium hybrid)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Helianthemum 'Apricot' (Apricot Sunrose) - A compact evergreen woody perennial or sub-shrub related to the larger Rockrose (Cistus) but growing to only 6 to 8 inches tall by up to 2 to 4 feet wide with dark green leaves. In Southern California flowering commences in spring and lasts to early summer (April-June) with an off-bloom often in fall. The 1 inch wide flowers open for a day and are closed by evening, yet they bloom in such a mass of flowers that the entire plant is masked behind them. This cultivar is noted for its smaller green foliage and apricot-colored flowers with yellow stamens. Plant in a location with good drainage in full sun to part shade with regular to infrequent summer irrigation. Hardy to 0 F. Shear after flowering to maintain tight growth habit and encourage rebloom. Great plant for an edging , a sunny border or can even be used as a small scale groundcover. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'helios', meaning "the sun" and 'anthemon' meaning "flower". The majority of cultivated Helianthemum plants are hybrids of H. apenninum and H. nummularium, the former from south and west Europe, the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor. The latter is native to Europe, Asia Minor, Armenia and the Caucasus and Atlas mountains. We grew this nice cultivar since 1983 but it did not like the heat of the summer of 2014 and we lost our stock on it - so sad to see this nice plant go away.  Information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it the nursery's garden and in other gardens we visit as well, as well as in our nursery crops in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing  Helianthemum 'Apricot'.