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Pavonia missionum - Red Mallow
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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. 

This information about Pavonia missionum displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.