Cistus x argenteus 'Peggy Sammons'

Rock rose

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

Most kinds of Cistus grow wild on rocky sun-baked Mediterranean hillsides, hence their common name, and similar conditions in the garden will guarantee success. In cool districts with frosty winters, the ends of the shoots are often damaged and need trimming in spring. Their ideal position is in a sunny, warm and sheltered spot. Alternatively grow plants in containers that may be brought under cover in winter. 'Peggy Sammons' is a vigorous, upright plant, excellent against a terrace wall, with large flowers in a clean, delicate shade of pink, in clusters. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Cistaceae

Genus: Cistus

Species: x argenteus

Cultivar: Peggy Sammons

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: June to September

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