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Hibiscus denudatus (Paleface)
Juett, William

Hibiscus denudatus

Hibiscus denudatus Benth.

Paleface, Rock Hibiscus

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Hibiscus denudatus var. involucellatus


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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to s. CA & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Sandy washes; low deserts; rocky slopes & canyons

Growing Conditions

Light 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.


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hibiscus denudatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hibiscus denudatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hibiscus denudatus


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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