Cistus × purpureus
SIS-tus X per-PU-re-us
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub, 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) high and wide, rounded. Leaves opposite, simple, nearly sessile (without a stalk), oblong-lanceolate, 3-5 cm long, dull gray green above, lighter and pubescent below. Flowers are 6-8 cm wide, usually 3 per cluster, pink with a dark red spot at the base of each petal (5), stamens bright yellow.
- Sun, well-drained soil, shelter from cold, dry wind, but tolerates cool coastal breezes and salt spray.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (7) 8 Developed before 1790, C. ladanifer × C. villosus (?)
- cistus: Greek name for evergreen shrub; purpurea: purple, the flowers.