Rock Rose can be the star of many large country gardens

One of my favorite plants for the Texas landscape is the rock rose because it does so well in our area.
Pavonia lasiopetela – known as Rock Rose, Rose Pavonia, Rose Mallow, Texas Mallow or Texas Pavonia – tolerates heat, drought and sunlight and keeps blooming.This Texas ornamental was originally recognized for its resilience as a Texas native, a plant that grows naturally in a specific area, habitat or ecosystem.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service also conducted research on Rock Rose plants and were selected for Texas in 2021 after demonstrating excellent performance in the harsh growing conditions in Texas Superstar.In the rock rose pilot study, the plants had little to no soil preparation, moderate amounts of water and no pesticides.
Texas superstars must be easy to spread so that there are enough of these plants for sale.It’s awesome that a plant can be designated as a Texan native and a Texan superstar!
Classification: Classified as a small shrub in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 13, and a woody subshrub or perennial in hardiness zones 7 through 8, including large countries.
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky woods and slopes as well as pastures, ditches, ravines, and open woodlands.Rock roses can be grown underground, in raised beds, or in pots.It is a versatile plant.
Size: 2 to 4 feet tall with equal or greater distribution.Plants should be pruned back to 6 to 8 inches each season before active growth begins.If plants become leggy, additional pruning may be required during the growing season.Rock rose plants are smaller in thin, dry soil and larger in rich garden soil.
Light requirements: full sun or partial shade.Blooms more in full sun and less in shade.
Water Demand: Low after construction.Intermittent watering may be required to ensure the plant continues to bloom.
Attractions: butterflies and hummingbirds.Rock roses are nectar plants for butterflies and hummingbirds.
Suggested Uses: Rock Rose does well in xeriscapes, rock gardens, and informal perennial flower beds and borders.It withstands the summer heat, and the showy pink flowers are very attractive in dry landscapes.As long as there are favorable growing conditions, there are rarely any pest problems.
In addition to the giant rock rose, there is a relative called the Brazilian rock rose or Brazilian pomegranate.It’s a modified native plant, which means it’s hardy, but it was introduced to Texas from a similar habitat, in this case South America.
It has the same size, light and moisture requirements, flowering time, and uses as Rockrose, except for flowering.With white to pale pink flowers and red eyes, the Brazilian rock rose is also a great addition to the landscape.
I absolutely love the rock rose and brazilian rock rose plants in my landscape.They work well in the area where I grow myrtle, nandinas, salvia, burford holly and wormwood.Most of these plants are 15 to 20 years old and are very happy on the west side of the house with full sun, clay soil and constant Texas winds – with minimal watering.
If you have an area of ​​your landscape that needs a plant that doesn’t require a lot of water or work, a pop of color, then look for rock rose or Brazilian rock rose to fill the space.You will not be disappointed.
Please mark the Great Country Master Gardeners Association Saturday Workshop on your calendar.Upcoming shows are “Grow Your Own Food” on July 30 and “Seed Savers Unite” on August 27.More information can be found on our website or on our Facebook page.

Post time: Jul-27-2022


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