Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Pavonia lasiopetala, Rock Rose

Rock Rose is a Texas native that has a pretty flower; rose or rose pink with a white pistil and bright yellow stamens. Pavonia lasiopetala Rock Rose is a shrub or sub-shrub plant with handsome showy flowers. The flowers are bisexual and the fruit is a 5-lobed capsule. Pavonia lasiopetala Rock Rose grows up to 4 feet or more and blooms from April to November. Pavonia lasiopetala Rock Rose prefers dry rocky areas, slopes and wooded areas; plants like to grow in shallow limestone soils, often found in wooded areas. Pavonia lasiopetala

Scientific Name: Pavonia lasiopetala
Common Name: Rock Rose
Also Called: Pavonia, Rock Rose, Rose Mallow, Rose Pavonia, Texas Swampmallow
Family: Malvaceae, Globe Mallow Family
Synonyms: (Pavonia wrightii)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 4 feet more or less.
Growth Form: Shrub, subshrub; plants woody at base, herbaceous stems.
Leaves: Green; alternate; long petioles, leaves up to 2 inches, usually less; leaves velvety; shape is ovate and scalloped; leaves 3-lobed; leaves lighter green on lower surface.
Flower Color: Rose with white pistil and yellow stamens; handsome showy flowers; flowers bisexual; fruit is a 5-lobed capsule.
Flowering Season: April to November.
Elevation: 500 to 4,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Dry, rocky areas, slopes and woody areas in shallow limestone soil.

Recorded Range: Pavonia lasiopetala is rare in the United States with populations limited the Edwards Plateau through the Rio Grande Plains in Texas. It is also native to Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Pavonia lasiopetala.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: In North America there are 9 species and 9 accepted taxa overall for . World wide, The Plant List includes 250 accepted species names and a further 90 infraspecific rank for the genus.

In the Southwestern United States there is 1 species of Pavonia in Texas. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.

Comments: Pavonia lasiopetala is limited in distribution in the United States to parts of central Texas.

Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Plants Database for the information above.

Date Profile Completed: 02/27/2017, updated format 10/12/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - (accessed 02/27/2017)
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 02/27/2017).
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: 02/27/2017]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
SEINet synonyms, scientific names, geographic locations, general information - (accessed 02/27/2017).