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Description

This rockrose hybrid is highly popular for its soft pink flowers and fine textured foliage. It develops into a low spreading shrub 18-24 in. high and 4-5 ft. wide. Foliage is comprised of small gray-green leaves; large numbers of 1 in. diameter pink flowers cover the plant in early spring.

Pink rockrose is adapted to garden areas with full sun, summer heat and low amounts of supplemental water. Its spreading habit lends it to erosion control on slopes and banks, and mixed with other flowering plants in Mediterranean garden plantings. When planted in border areas it can be clipped and shaped into a hedge 3-4 high.

Water Needs

Pink rockrose is well adapted all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months marked by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; supplemental water during summer should be scheduled to allow the understory around this plant to dry out.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 18 in. - 24 in.
Width: 3 ft. - 5 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Coastal salt air, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Slopes, Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Mass planting, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks

Maintenance

Lightly prune in fall to shape as desired and to encourage new foliage and flower development (4, D).

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