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Helianthemum nummelarium 'stoplight' - Sunrose

Brilliant red, these European rockrose relatives make a bold statement in the spring and often again in the Fall. I use Helianthemum stoplight to grab attention for a part of the garden that needs it. Each flower may only last a day or two but they produce so many of them that the plant is covered in bloom for several months.  They seem to peter out in our inland location when placed in full sun or in dark shade.  They do poorly with traffic but put in the right location put on a wondrous show.  I place them in an eastern exposure with regular but infrequent watering. I have not seen them damaged due to cold weather and have watched them weather temperatures into the mid teens.  Gray leaved forms of Helianthemum like this one will perform well in the inland valleys, blazing away in full sun.

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Helianthemum stoplight, Red Sunrose 

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