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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Hibiscus denudatus Benth.
Paleface, Rock hibiscus
Synonym(s): Hibiscus denudatus var. involucellatus
USDA Symbol: hide
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Paleface or rock hibiscus is a small shrub, 1 1/2-3 ft. high, with tiny, fuzzy leaves which drop during periods of drought. Leaves are fine-toothed, 1–1 1/2 inches long and almost as wide. A scraggly, pale plant covered with whitish hairs. Bowl-shaped, white to pinkish-lavender flowers, more deeply colored in the center, bloom in upper leaf axils and along the ends of leafless, erect branches. Inside the pink or lavender cup of a flower stands a brush-like column of stamens and stigma.
These plants seem to have too few leaves. The delicate flowers are small for the genus and lack the flamboyance of ornamental species.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, TX Native Distribution:
to s. CA
& n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Sandy washes; low deserts; rocky slopes & canyons
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Description:
Shallow, rocky or sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
Clumps of Hibiscus start to grow late in the season and flower
over a long period in late summer.
Record Last Modified: 2007-10-10
Research By: TWC Staff