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Texas Rock Rose
A native shrub beloved by pollinators as well as gardeners, Texas rock rose is carefree and versatile. Its hibiscuslike pink- to rose-colored flowers bejewel the shrubby perennial from midsummer through fall. Add it to foundation plantings, curbside borders, native plant beds, and mass shrub or perennial plantings for months of easy-care color despite drought and high temperatures. Great planting companions include aloe, sedum, yucca, and kalanchoe.
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Texas Rock Rose Care Must-Knows
Originating in the dry, rocky woods and banks of Texas, rock rose thrives in dry, lean soil. Surprisingly, it also grows well in areas that are regularly irrigated. Exceptionally tolerant of all sorts of soil conditions, rock rose grows and flowers best in full sun or part shade.
Plant nursery-grown transplants in early spring. Spread a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch around the base of new plants and water regularly during the first growing season. Plants are drought-tolerant once they establish a strong root system. Rejuvenate Texas rock rose in early spring by pruning it back to about 6 inches above the soil.
Texas rock rose is commonly a short-lived shrub. It generally grows well in one location for three to six years before it dies out. It will self-seed. For a continuous Texas rock rose planting, allow plants to self-seed, removing seedlings that are beyond the desired planting area.
Pruning Texas Rock Rose
Texas rock rose grows naturally in a loose, open mound. A welcome shape and structure in native gardens and casual cottage plantings, Texas rock rose's natural growth habit is exceptionally low-maintenance. If your landscape calls for a small shrub with a dense or compact habit, rock rose can fill that role with a little bit of pruning. Simply shear the plant back by a few inches every month or so. Shearing promotes new growth and more flowers.