Rock rose, Rose pavonia, Rose mallow, Pavonia
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Flaigg, Norman G.
A small shrub,
usually woody at the base only, with stems up to 4 feet tall. Found in shallow soil on limestone, in rocky places in woodlands, and at the edges of thickets. Leaves with petioles sometimes as long as the blade; blade
up to 2 1/2 inches long, but mostly shorter, ovate
to 3 lobed, with a pointed or blunt tip, flat or slightly lobed base, coarsely toothed
or wavy margins, dark green on the upper surface and lighter on the lower. Flowers showy, rose colored, roughly 1 1/2 inches wide with a yellow column formed by the pistil
appearing from spring to fall. Fruit
a 5-lobed capsule
with remnants of the flower
at its base, separating into 5 units at maturity.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution: In TX,
from Edwards Plateau through Rio Grande Plains to adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky woods and slopes. Pastures, Savannahs, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions Open woodlands.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Drought Tolerance:
High Cold Tolerant:
Prefers well-drained, limestone soils. Also Medium Loam Rocky, Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Caliche type. Conditions Comments: Herbaceous
stems rise from a woody base. Pink hibiscus-like flowers. Velvety, scalloped leaves. The flowers attract hummingbirds.
Pavonia makes an excellent choice for landscaping. Able to survive the summer heat, its profusion of brilliant flowers adds a colorful touch to a dry landscape. Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Easily grown, Perennial
garden. Use Wildlife:
Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-moths, Hummingbirds. Conspicuous Flowers:
Hummingbirds Deer Resistant: