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Products > Rovaeanthus strigosus
Rovaeanthus strigosus - Panama Rose

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rubiaceae (Madders)
Origin: Guatemala (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Rose
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Rondeletia strigosa, Bouvardia strigosa, Rogiera]
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Rovaeanthus strigosus (Panama Rose) Tender upright evergreen subshrub that in cultivation is typically 3 to 4 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide but in the wild can be more than twice as large. It has dark green glossy leaves and in summer fragrant flowers that have a long deep rose colored tube with flaring petals and a yellow throat. Plant in part sun to light shade in a well-drained rich soil with regular irrigation. It is only hardy and evergreen in frost free gardens, tolerating on short duration temperatures just below freezing, but possibly root hardy with mulch to around 20 F. It was described as "one of the most beautiful of all summer flowering plants for the American flower garden" by Editor Thomas Meehan in the October 1879 Gardener's Monthly and Horticulturalist: Devoted to Horticulture, Arboriculture and Rural Affairs. Panama Rose comes from the mountains of Guatemala, El Salvador and possibly south into Panama. The plant is part of what is often called the Rodeletia complex that includes Rogiera and Bouvardia and was named for Johan Rova, the Swedish botanist who studied Rondeletia and its allies. The specific epithet means refers to the strigose, or rigid hairs that are in the throat of the flower.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Rovaeanthus strigosus.