Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) in the Shell Flowers (Pavonia) Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Shrub
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone:Zone 11
Fruit:Edible to birds
Flower Color:Pink
Flower Time:Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses:Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts:Fruit
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Propagation: Seeds:Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: The first flowers will be cleistogamous so there will not be a bloom but will be followed by normal flowers later in the season.
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers:Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Nov 15, 2013 2:42 PM

Pavonia grows as a perennial in my Zone 7b. The blooms are quite prolific in partial sun with flowers starting in early spring and continuing until November. I see lots of butterflies visiting, but especially Skippers, as well as the hummingbirds.

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Posted by TimHoover (Elysian FIelds, Texas - Zone 8a) on Mar 15, 2014 7:25 PM

This plant is remarkable due to the fact that almost nothing short of a hard freeze shuts down flowering. In 2011, in Texas, we had a severe drought and temps in the triple digits for days and days. My yard was severely damaged: 100-year-old Oak trees died! The last man standing was this one. Among all the dead, brown plants that had once been my perennial border, were wands of cheerful pink flowers. Honestly, it was the only thing still going and I had long since given up watering. Self seeds a bit, just enough so that you will never have to purchase one again. This plant would be a good backbone for any hard-scrabble type flower garden.
I have a lot of respect for this plant now.

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Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Jul 12, 2017 12:59 PM

This is a very hardy plant that requires very little water. I have mine planted in full sun in clay soil that hasn't been amended. I've noticed a lot of Grey Hairstreak butterflies visiting this plant and I've also noticed bumblebees flocking to this plant.

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