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PlantFiles: Cistus, Rock Rose, Rockrose
Cistus 'Grayswood Pink'

Family: Cistaceae
Genus: Cistus (SIS-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Grayswood Pink
Additional cultivar information: (aka Barnsley Pink, Chelsea Pink)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gabriell On Jun 18, 2005, gabriell from Tyler, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought two of these plants for a dollar each at the end of season.Kept them in garage during winter,watering a few times.When spring came I set them outside and they showed real potential.I planted them against a fence in a new bed.They have grown and are blooming their hearts out with the most beautifulpink flowers.I had never heard of this plant but was able to find it in a gardening reference book.It is a beautiful little plant.I would like to have more.

Positive saya On Jun 17, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Low growing shrub with a prostrate habit. Very hardy has survived our winter with temps down to -15 C...Blooming very early it is one of the first flowering. C. 'Greyswood Pink' is often incorrectly sold as C. parviflorus. 'Barnsley Pink' and 'Chelsea Pink' are synonyms or possibly seedlings from 'Grayswood Pink'.
C. Grayswood Pink has some tollerance to mildly alkaline soil.

Update: Winter 2008/2009 we had a harsh winter with temps that stayed down to -22 C (-7.6 F) for several weeks. It has survived this period without blinking and it has stayed perfectly wintergreen. Now (early May) it is covered with buds again. In my garden I have one mature shrub and a young shrub that I've planted out in august 2008. This one also has survived this period without blinking.

Update 2014: This shrub has grown to spread nearly 3 meters, but it kept its height of 50 cm. It reseeds, sparsely I find seedlings around it, but I don't know if the seedlings are true to the parent shrub. This maybe also doubtful because I grow different Cistus in my garden.

RHS has rewarded it with AGM.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Spring Valley, California

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