PAVONIA

FAMILY: Malvaceae

TYPE
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native to North and South America, this group includes both hardy and tender shrubs. All are grown chiefly for their attractive, mallowlike flowers in shades of pink and purple.

argentine mallow

pavonia cymbalaria

  • Low, spreading shrub to about 8 inches tall, 2123 feet wide.
  • Gray-green leaves to 1 inches long and 34 inches wide; pink, dark-centered, 212 inches flowers over a long period in summer.

spearleaf pavonia

pavonia hastata

  • Gangly, hardy shrub to 35 feet tall and 23 feet wide.
  • Narrow, evergreen leaves; pink, dark-centered flowers up to 34 inches across from spring to fall.
  • Self-seeds readily and can become a pest.
  • Responds well to shearing.

rock rose

pavonia lasiopetala

  • Most popular species.
  • Native to the dry, rugged limestone soils of Texas; nearly evergreen except in coldest parts of range, where it dies back to the roots each winter.
  • Bears many showy, 2 inches-wide, rose- pink flowers from June to first frost.
  • Light green leaves are slightly lobed, coarsely toothed, to 112 inches long and wide.
  • The plant naturally grows as a spindly, open-structured bush to 5 feet tall and almost as wide, but it can be cut back in winter for a neater appearance.
  • Useful for dry, shady areas.
  • Tends to be short lived but self-seeds freely; let a few seedlings survive each year to replace the original plant.

brazilian candles

pavonia multiflora

  • Tender evergreen shrub grows to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
  • Deep green, lobed leaves to 10 inches long.
  • Spidery, bright red bracts enclose tubular purple flowers (they never fully open) with protruding blue stamens.
  • Needs regular water.

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