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Pavonia missionum - Red Mallow

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [P. malvifolia Hort., Malva misionera]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Pavonia missionum (Red Mallow) - A graceful shrub to 4 to 6 feet tall and wide with aromatic 2 1/2 inch long dark green lobed leaves that are slightly hairy and have scalloped margins. In late winter on through summer appear the 1 1/2 inch wide outwardly-facing orange-red flowers with a golden center of bundled stamens. Plant in full sun to part sun in most any soil and can be irrigated regularly to fairly infrequently where it is compatible growing with mediterranean plants in a low water garden. Evergreen and hardy to at least 25° F and some report it tolerating temperatures down to the teens for short durations. A great plant mixed with other flowering shrubs in a border planting or used as a large potted plant and is a good nectar plant for butterflies. This floriferous shrub is native to northeastern Argentina, southern Brazil and Paraguay where it is often found growing along the rivers, including the area around the Argentina province of Misiones, which gives the plant its specific epithet. The generic name honors the Spanish botanist José Antonio Pavón Jiménez (1754-1844). It is sometimes erroneously referred to as Pavonia malvifolia or Pavonia rubra and with several other plants in this family shares the common name Malva del monte. We also grow two other Pavonia species, the South African Pavonia praemorsa and Pavonia candida from Mexico.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Pavonia missionum.