Friday, February 05, 2010

Orchid Rock Rose

Orchid Rock Rose
Cistus x purpureus
(SIS-tus) (pur-PUR-ee-us)
Synonym: Sun Rose

The Orchid Rock Rose is a native of the Mediterranean. It grows on poor soils and doesn’t need a lot of care. The patch that this flower was growing had about 40 flowers and a lot of buds. The flowers only last one day but with the amount of buds it looked like it they would go on blooming for quite a while. This plant is a hybrid between Cistus ladanifer x Cistus creticus and is hardy to 15 degrees F. It can tolerate poor soil, salt spray, wind and only needs a little water after establishment.

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1 comment:

louisebah said...

that's a cool picture of a rose!

I love taking pictures of (tropical) flowers too :)