Botanical Name: Cistus purpureus Add
Common Name: Orchid Spot Rockrose  
Plant photo of: Cistus purpureus
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Dark Green, Grey Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Seascape, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Foundation, Parking Strip, Roadside, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife


Information by:
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

This is a consistently good performer, with leaves of 1-2" inches that are dark green on top, and gray and hairy beneath. Its long, blooming 3" wide flowers are a reddish-purple color with a red spot at the base of each petal, and are quite attractive. It can be pruned regularly. This plant is a small evergreen shrub with narrow wavyedged aromatic leaves. It has large rosy crimson flowers with a maroon blotch at the base. It has yellow stamens.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.