Panama Rose, Bush Pentas

Rondeletia leucophylla

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Rondeletia (ron-del-LEESH-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: leucophylla (loo-koh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Arachnothryx leucophylla
Synonym:Bouvardia discolor



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Medium Green


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Georgetown, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jensen Beach, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Miami, Florida

Ormond Beach, Florida

Plant City, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Satellite Beach, Florida

Summerfield, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 16, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Responds well to pruning and clipping, which thicken it up. Can be maintained at 3' without having to prune too often. Great butterfly plant for winter, when few nectar sources are available.


On May 14, 2012, Gulfstream17 from Ormond Beach, FL wrote:

I'm in USDA Zone 9a (20-25 degrees, data to 1990), Plantmaps Zone 9b (25-30 degrees, data to 2010), full sun part day, no freezes yet for this specimen. The plant is about 3' tall in a container. Gets leggy and thin spring and summer but it gets a positive rating for blooming during the winter. It's survived 2 years with relatively little attention. It's sufficiently salt-tolerant to live about 600' from the Atlantic Ocean.


On Jan 24, 2009, Magnolia_texas from Magnolia, TX wrote:

This plant is quite attractive but at my location about 40 miles north of Houston, TX the plant is frosted just as the blooms are starting to open and dies back to ground. This would probably be an excellent plant futher south.


On Mar 30, 2008, arizglo from Kissimmee, FL wrote:

I have two of these plants. One is in a butterfly atrium in heavy, very moist soil and has grown to 5' in l year. The other is in my backyard in sandy soil with excellent drainage. This one is only 4' high. I just love this plant. It is really carefree and very beautiful.


On Sep 17, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant blooms from December to about March for me, if the weather does not get too cold and I have to wrap it up. It is very frost sensitive but readily and vigorously roots from cuttings. Butterflies and moths love it in the winter as it is about the only nectar plant still blooming. I am doubtful that it will have enough sun to grow and flower inside a house. It gets almost full sun for me outside in a very large pot. It is native to Mexico (where I'm sure it might very well attain a height of 15').