Pavonia lasiopetala is a Texas Native that is extremely drought tolerant, although is does not mind a little water now and then.
Flower: is the Hibiscus-like pink to rose colored flowers. These flowers are generally 1" in diameter and the Rock Rose will stay in bloom from summer till fall.
Characteristics: This is a shrub-like perennial that can get woody at the base, it should come back every year if planted South of its native habitat. If planted further North, plant on the South side of a structure and be sure to mulch in the winter to prevent the roots from freezing. To keep this plant in bloom and to prevent legginess it can be trimmed back throughout the growing season.
Texas Rock Rose generally only last 3-4 years but will reseed freely and the seedlings can replace the older plants. The flower will open in the morning and will close in the afternoon, blooms can be extended if there is afternoon shade.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-9
Plant Use: Flowering Perennial
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun
Water Requirements: Medium to Low
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