Purple Flowered Rock Rose
Rugged and Beautiful!
Driving through the rugged Portuguese countryside, our guide pulled off next to a rocky field blooming profusely with purple flowers. “You must smell our sheep.”
“Come again?” we replied.
He smiled. “You must smell our sheep. They smell amazing.”
We picked our way across the field to where a small flock of sheep were grazing. They were winding in and out of the flowers and had a sticky substance on them. We dutifully leaned in for a whiff. Definitely sheep smell…but also, something else. It was a sweet familiar smell. Expensive perfume?
“It smells like cologne, no?” our guide asked. “It is the flowers.” He waved his hand over the field.
The flowers were Purple Rock Rose (Cistus x purpureus) and they were lovely. Compact heat loving shrubs covered in very showy purple-rose blossoms with a maroon spot at the base of each petal and a center of golden-doubloon stamens. These beauties are the ancient source of labdanum, the base of perfumes since the Egyptians first oiled their beards. The oily sap was gathered by shepherds from the fur of their grazing sheep.
You don’t need a herd of sweet smelling Portuguese sheep to enjoy these great plants, though.
Purple Rock Rose is an easy plant to grow in any Mediterranean climate. It thrives in drought, poor soil and even a little neglect! They are awesome rock garden accents and are good massed together. They are evergreen and grow tall enough to be a wonderful background border plant. It has nice grey-green foliage that’s gives an extra texture to rugged conifers and shaggy perennials. Purple Rock Rose is great for the Hell Strips between the sidewalk and the street.
These evergreens bloom all spring and summer and add rich color wherever you put them. Buy yours from us today!
* Beautiful rose-purple blooms
* Grey-green foliage
* Full sun
* Drought tolerant
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Cistus purpureus 'Purple-Flowered'|
|Mature Height||4 - 5 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 5 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Shade|
|Flower Color||Purple, Pink, Burgundy|