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PlantFiles: Brazilian Rock Rose
Pavonia braziliensis

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

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Beach_Barbie On Feb 6, 2008, Beach_Barbie from Kure Beach, NC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is evergreen in my area. It's a great plant - open airy growth habit. Probably would be denser with pruning. Blooms away with little care.

Positive chnall On Jul 16, 2005, chnall from Dallas, TX wrote:

I planted it in full sun the first year and it bloomed fine. The second year it was covered with buds but they never opened. The nursery suggested that it was getting too much water. I wanted to put something else in that spot so I needed a place to stash it until I could find it a new home. I cut it way back, pulled it up by the roots, and planted it on the east side of the garage in dappled shade in hard clay with no amendments. The hole was just big enough to hold the roots. I didn't really care whether it lived or died. It is now blooming! It deserves a new home. It has proved very adaptable.

I just read that in the early spring this plant produces buds with seeds only and later in the summer it blooms (July here). The blooms are very pale pink (almost white) with maroon centers.

It grows to 3' x 3'. It is deciduous and is an adapted native plant. It is evergreen to 24 degrees F.


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

Barbourville, Kentucky
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Fate, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Tyler, Texas

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