|C. incanus subsp. creticus see C, creticus is a showy, 2 inch purplish-pink flowers appear in late spring and early summer on this heat-loving, evergreen shrub. Dark grey-green leaves are covered with down. Durable dry bank cover or rock garden plant. Tolerates poor soils. Plant in full sun for best growth and flowering. Hardy in zone 7b. Grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Keep soil moist until completely established. Drought tolerant when established. Fertilizer is not needed. Cut old stems occasionally to keep plant vigorous. Pinch or shear to thicken growth.