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Brazilian Rock Rose

Pavonia braziliensis

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Brazilian Rock Rose (Pavonia braziliensis) at Roger's Gardens

Brazilian Rock Rose flowers

Brazilian Rock Rose flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a


A semi-evergreen sub-shrub that is similar to hibiscus; produces attractive pale pink flowers from summer into fall; may become leggy, a light pruning in early spring will promote thicker growth; a great addition to rock gardens or containers

Ornamental Features

Brazilian Rock Rose features showy shell pink round flowers with dark red eyes along the branches from mid summer to mid fall. It has green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The serrated pointy leaves remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Brazilian Rock Rose is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Brazilian Rock Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Brazilian Rock Rose will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Brazilian Rock Rose makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Screening  Rock  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Flowers  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features