Hibiscus denudatus – Paleface

Hibiscus denudatus - Paleface, Rock Hibiscus, Naked Hibiscus

Hibiscus denudatus - Paleface, Rock Hibiscus, Naked Hibiscus

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Hibiscus denudatus

Common Names: Paleface, Rock Hibiscus, Naked Hibiscus

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial, Deciduous

Growth Habit: Subshrub

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert

Flower Color: Pink, Pinkish white, Pinkish lavender

Flowering Season: Winter (late), Spring, Summer, Fall (early). It blooms sporadically throughout much of the year, but the peak bloom times are in the spring and then again in late summer after the summer monsoon rains.

Height: To 3 feet (91 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) across and have 5 broad petals streaked with red at the base and a central column of fused stamens. The flowers are followed by 5-chambered seed capsules. The leaves have toothed margins and are alternate, hairy, grayish green in color, and round to oblong in shape.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae – Mallow family
Genus: Hibiscus L. – rosemallow
Species: Hibiscus denudatus Benth. – paleface

More About This Plant

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