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PlantFiles: 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)

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive yakmon 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!

Positive GranvilleSouth 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.

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

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

Positive htop 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).


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
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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