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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Rock Rose   Pavonia lasiopetala    
Mallow family — Malvaceae

Also known as:
Rose Mallow, Rose Pavonia

Slides: (click for larger view)


The rock rose or rose pavonia is not a rose at all, but rather a relative of the hibiscus. It prefers limestone crevices and dry rocky slopes of the eastern and southern fringes of the Edwards Plateau and nearby areas. It is apparently quite tasty to wildlife and stock, because it is much browsed where accessible. It is thus often easier to find in gardens, where it has become popular because of its attractive flowers, long blooming period, and drought tolerance.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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