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Panama Rose

Rondeletia leucophylla

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Panama Rose (Rondeletia leucophylla) at Martin's Home and Garden

Panama Rose flowers

Panama Rose flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Pink Bush Penta

Description:

Penta-like clusters of tightly packed, purplish-pink tubular flowers rise up in late winter and early spring; may rebloom on well established plants; releases sweet fragrance at night; a great choice for patio containers

Ornamental Features

Panama Rose features showy clusters of fragrant pink tubular flowers at the ends of the branches from late winter to late spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. Its glossy narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Panama Rose is a multi-stemmed annual with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Panama Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Panama Rose will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Panama Rose is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features