Spearleaf Swampmallow, Pale Pavonia, Pale Texas Rosemallow, Pale Rock Rose, Fairy Hibiscus

Pavonia hastata

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pavonia (pav-ON-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: hastata (hass-TAH-tuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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


Concord, California

Gainesville, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Folsom, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Marietta, Mississippi

Las Vegas, Nevada

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Belton, Texas

Dallas, Texas (2 reports)

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas

La Coste, Texas

Portland, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 21, 2011, yakmon from Portland, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

I had lots of "blooms" during March and then noticed that the blooms were actually seed pods. I understand that this plant will produce seeds early in the season and then blooms later during the summer. I harvested many seeds during the last couple of months and will be planting some to see how they do. They are easily propagated by cuttings and have a delicate hibiscus shaped white flower with a purple center. Nice plant!


On Feb 17, 2008, GranvilleSouth from (Zone 10a) wrote:

A rugged little plant. I chanced across them growing wild & fell in love with the arrowhead leaves & delicate flower.


On May 24, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

i love this plant, my comments are exactly as HTOP's.


On Oct 11, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Spearleaf swampmallow is an introduced plant that has naturalized in Florida and Georgia. It continuously blooms all season and does not require much care. Pruning the plant keeps it bushy and encourages more blooms. The flowers resemble small hibiscus (is related to hibiscus).