Rockroses hail from the Mediterranean region and fortunately grow exceptionally well in our mild climate. These stalwart evergreens are famed for their conspicuous, papery single flowers, resembling wild rose blossoms. Though they last only a day, they arrive in such profusion, carpeting the ground beneath, that one can count on color for 2 or 3 months. Fast growing and appreciative of well-drained sites, they tolerate drought, poor soil, ocean winds, salt spray and even desert heat. Cistus vary from low spreaders to tall imposing bushes, and are terrific for informal hedging and screens.
Regarded by Eric Sammons as perhaps the most successful of his unreleased hybrids, this well-bred Cistus is a progeny of Cistus populifolius subsp. major and Cistus inflatus. ‘Snow Fire’ grows into a medium-sized shrub embellished with illuminated blooms, whose blazing marks undoubtedly kindled the “fire” in its cultivar name. Dainty white overlapping petals surround a golden eye, and each is etched by a vivid wine-red patch at the base, while wavy bright green leaves and reddish stems respond quite well to pruning.
Size: 4' 0" – 4-1/2' high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 8.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Cistus x aguilarii ‘Maculatus’
- Cistus ‘Ann Baker’
- Cistus ‘Anne Palmer’
- Cistus creticus f. albus ‘Tania Compton’
- Cistus x dansereaui ‘Decumbens’
- Cistus x dansereaui ‘Jenkyn Place’
- Cistus ‘Jessamy Beauty’
- Cistus ladanifer var. petiolatus ‘Bennett’s White’
- Cistus x lenis ‘Grayswood Pink’
- Cistus ‘Little Gem’
- Cistus monspeliensis ‘Vicar’s Mead’
- Cistus x oblongifolius
- Cistus palhinhaii ‘Red Eye’
- Cistus x pauranthus ‘Natacha’
- Cistus populifolius
- Cistus x purpureus ‘Alan Fradd’
- Cistus ‘Snow White’