Cistus Alan Fradd or Rock Rose Alan Fradd Sun Roses or Rock Roses, are small flowering shrubs native to the Mediterranean that prefer full sun and rocky, dry environments. The variety Cistus Alan Fradd, also known as Rock Rose Alan Fradd has evergreen foliage and thin, papery white flowers with a central deep purple blotch at the base of each petal. These purple spots also give the cultivar its full botanical name: Cistus Purpureus Alan Fradd. In the centre of the blossom, there is a boss of vibrant golden antlers that further adds to its loveliness. While the blossoms are delicate and not very long-lasting (they usually do not last for more than a day), they are produced freely and profusely in June and July.
Height and Spread of Cistus Alan Fradd Low-growing, Rock Rose Alan Fradd will achieve a maximum height and spread of up to 1 metre.
How Hardy is Cistus Alan Fradd Rock Rose Alan Fradd is a tough, resilient cultivar. It is hardy in the United Kingdom and will fare well in most areas, surviving temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius. It is also considered pest and disease free.
How To Use Cistus Alan Fradd The appeal of this flowering evergreen shrub is certainly its striking blossoms, but what makes Rock Rose Alan Fradd so special is its toughness. This plant does well in poor soils, dry soils, does not mind subzero temperatures or salty, seaside conditions. As a result, Rock Rose Alan Fradd is an ideal choice for dry banks, rock gardens, or coastal gardens. It will offer a burst of colour and interest in the summer months, and make a lovely groundcover for the rest of the year. The blossoms also attract pollinators (bees) so this pretty little shrub makes a good choice for wildlife gardens, as well.
How To Care For Cistus Alan Fradd Rock Rose Alan Fradd is one of those plants that thrive on neglect and as long as it is planted in a sunny location, this compact evergreen shrub will be perfectly content. It does well in a range of different soils, including poor soils, but can become chlorotic on chalky soils. It prefers well-drained to dry soils.