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Pavonia lasiopetala

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pavonia (pav-ON-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lasiopetala (las-ee-oh-PET-uh-luh) (Info)

Synonym:Pavonia wrightii

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MitchF On May 10, 2007, MitchF from Lindsay, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Called Native RockRose here in Texas - a great plant with little to no effort to grow. I wish this would self seed more but still a great plant for dry areas of your yard.

Positive htop On Aug 31, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, TX
Wright Pavonia is a perennial that exhibits an upright, shrubby growth habit to a height of three feet. It is native to the South Texas Plains which has dry, rocky and calcareous soils. The velvety, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long leaves are covered with short, white hairs. The rose-pink flowers are 1 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter and standout in any setting. Wright Pavonia blooms from March to November in South Central Texas. Opening early in the morning, the blooms usually close by mid-late afternoon.

It self-sows freely, but unwanted plants can easily be transplanted somewhere else or shared with others. It can be container grown; however, I have found it does best planted in the ground. Pruning, which should be done before the foliage appears in the spring and may be completed at any time there after when needed, helps maintain a denser foliage, keeps it from sprawling and encourages more blooms. Because it is an easy to grow, insect free, drought tolerant plant which requires little care, I highly recommend this plant.

Positive SShurgot On Aug 30, 2003, SShurgot from Hondo, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful flowers appear all summer, even when I don't water for a couple of weeks. Butterflies love them...and so do my neighbor's goats...hence the "fence."


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

Anniston, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Concord, California
Shingletown, California
Brooksville, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Pineville, Louisiana
Tulsa, Oklahoma
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas (4 reports)
Beaumont, Texas
Belton, Texas
Boerne, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Burleson, Texas
Colmesneil, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Coppell, Texas
Crawford, Texas (2 reports)
Dallas, Texas (2 reports)
Fate, Texas
Floresville, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Georgetown, Texas
Granbury, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Grapevine, Texas
Haltom City, Texas
Hondo, Texas
Houston, Texas
Iola, Texas
Liberty, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Mesquite, Texas
Needville, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
North Richland Hills, Texas
Pasadena, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
San Marcos, Texas
Sanger, Texas
Spring, Texas (2 reports)
Temple, Texas

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