Cistus × pulverulentus 'Sunset' (syn. Cistus 'Sunset')
Sunset Rockrose SIS-tis
- Evergreen shrub, 2 ft (60 cm) tall, greater spread, compact. Leaves opposite, simple, to 5 cm long, oblong, wavy margin, gray-green. Flowers rose-pink (magenta), 5 cm across, yellow centers, 3-6 flowers per terminal cluster; blooms in early summer.
- Full sun, well-drained site, drought tolerant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Sometime offered as Cistus crispus 'Sunset' or even Cistus 'Sunset'. Some report it as a cross between C. crispus and C. albidus and this cross is named Cistus × pulverulentus. Originated in southwest Europe in 1929.
- Some confusion about the correct name for this plant, for Cistus 'Sunset' is sometime equated with Cistus 'Brilliancy', yet the latter is sometimes offered as Cistus × purpureus 'Brilliancy' and the former as Cistus × pulverulentus 'Sunset'. Go figure!