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PlantFiles: Pavonia
Pavonia spinifex

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pavonia (pav-ON-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: spinifex (SPIN-ee-feks) (Info)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral suncatcheracres On Nov 7, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

An attractive flower but be warned that the spiny seed pods have "awns," which Webster's Dictionary says are "slender, bristle like . . . found at the tips of the spikelets in many grasses," and these awns can get snagged on your, or a child's, clothing, or on pet fur, and then wriggle themselves into the skin, irritating it. In trying to remove them, the awns can even brreak off under the skin, making removal even more difficult. I have four dogs, so I will never plant this plant here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, where it could possibly naturalize.

Spinifex means "bearing spines," so even the name is a warning! The plant is also called "Gingerbush," but haven't found out why.

Positive Kaufmann On Nov 5, 2003, Kaufmann from GOD's Green Earth
United States (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have several of these in my shade garden and they bloom constantly. The only pest problem I have with these are deer -- they love these plants too!

Neutral herblady On Sep 1, 2001, herblady from Knoxville, TN wrote:

The leaves have ovate blades about 4" long, and the petals are yellow, an inch long or longer. The name refers to spines on the seed pods, which are very conspicuous.

The plant is rough and hairy. It grows in sandy woods and hammocks in Florida and northward perhaps as far as South Carollina.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bulverde, Texas
Collinsville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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