Pavonia cymbalaria

Common Name: pavonia 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Malvaceae
Native Range: Argentina
Zone: 8 to 9
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy


Best grown in rich, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Pavonia cymbalaria, commonly known as pavonia or Argentine mallow, is a low-growing shrubby plant of the mallow family that typically grows to 12” tall. It is native to Argentina. It features a long late spring to early summer bloom of pink, 5-petaled, mallow-like flowers (2 1/2” across) on stems clad with gray leaves.

Genus name honors Jose Antonio Pavon (1754-1844), Spanish botanist, who is noted for conducting botanical research on the flora of Peru and Chile during the period of 1777-1788.

Specific epithet comes from the Latin word cymbalum meaning cymbal in reference to leaf shape.


No known serious insect or disease problems.


Cascade over walls. Rock gardens. Sunny informal areas.