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Panama Rose

Panama Rose

Rondeletia leucophylla

  • ​Common Name: Panama Rose (other common names: Bush Penta).
  • Scientific Name: Rondeletia leucophylla
  • Family Name: Rubiaceae
  • Origin: Mexico
  • Height: 12 ‘- 15’
  • Width: 10’ - 12’
  • Growth: fast growing    
  • Zone: 10B - 11
  • Light Needs: Sun – partial shade.
  • Salt Tolerance:  Moderately.
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Prefers slightly acidic soil, no real pH preference (pH 5.6 – 6.5).
  • Soil Moisture: Average moisture - water moderately but do not overwater, (well-drained soil will avoid root rot).
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderately drought-tolerant once established.
  • Pests/Diseases: No serious pests or diseases but can get rot root easily (don’t overwater).
  • Growing Conditions: Easily maintained, with a little pruning – can be kept three to five feet tall with careful pruning which is best done in early summer.
  • Characteristics: This evergreen has lance-shaped leaves that are medium green in color. They sport clusters of star-shaped, dark-pink tubular flowers with yellow centers, under 1”, that bloom in December – May, although blooms may occur throughout the year on and off.
  • Propagation: By softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Wildlife: Attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds - the scent of the flower is more intense at night, but butterflies favor them during the day when the fragrance is lighter.
  • Facts: The Panama Rose is noted for its beautiful aroma, especially after sunset. The Panama Rose is not a true rose, but a great flowering shrub and butterfly attracter.
  • Designer Considerations:  Can be used as a hedge, specimen, windbreak, tree, small mass plantings (3 – 5) in a butterfly garden, accent for a mixed garden bed, surrounding a tall specimen like a tree, around the patio to enjoy the fragrance or in a pot on the patio.​


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