Panama Rose

Rondeletia leucophylla

Easygoing Panama rose blooms nearly year round with bright pink flower clusters that attract butterflies.

Panama rose

'Bush Penta' is another commonly used name for this plant because the blossoms look like those of pentas (another butterfly plant), and there are lots of them.

The flowers have a light daytime scent which grows stronger in the evening, so they're especially nice planted near a patio or other area where you can enjoy the fragrance after the sun goes down.

One of the most consistent flowering bushes, this shrub makes a great accent plant, mid-height hedge along a fence or property line, or a colorful addition to a garden bed of butterfly plants.

Thriving in hot sunny spots, this is a good low-maintenance plant, except for the occasional trimming for size.

Pink flowering shrubs like this mix well in the landscape with blues, yellows, other pinks, white, red and purple.

Plant specs

This "rose" is a fast grower and can be kept 3 feet tall with regular trimming.

It grows almost anywhere - in full sun to part shade - and prefers well-drained soil.

Blossoms appear on and off all year, even in winter.

The plant grows best in Zone 10, though you can grow it in a container in Zone 9B and bring inside during cold snaps.

Moderately drought tolerant once established, this plant's flowers become fragrant at dusk.

Plant care

Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. Adding composted cow manure as well will help enrich the soil around the root ball.

Trim as needed for size and shape. You can do a hard pruning in spring if it needs it.

Fertilize in spring, summer and autumn with a top quality granular fertilizer.

Give this pretty shrub a regular drink with time to dry out between waterings. Though it's considered moderately drought-tolerant, regular irrigation will keep it looking its best.

Plant spacing

Place these shrubs 3 feet apart. Come out from the house or a fence about 2 feet.

This shrub can be grown in a container or planter box.

Pink flower detail

Landscape uses for Panama rose

  • low to mid-height hedge
  • along a deck, patio or porch
  • around the poolcage or lanai
  • as a colorful backdrop for smaller plants
  • accent for a mixed garden bed
  • butterfly garden plant
  • lining a blank wall for height and color
  • along a walk or driveway
  • flanking the entry to the house or drive
  • surrounding tall palms

A.K.A. (also known as): Bush Pentas


COMPANION PLANT SUGGESTIONS: Snowbush, plumbago, gold mound, lantana, bush allamanda, drift rose, white fountain grass, bougainvillea, and golden dewdrop.

Other plants you might like: Thryallis, Dwarf Oleander

  1. Home
  2. Small Shrubs
  3. Panama Rose

Looking for a certain plant? Search this site:

My LATEST ebooks are here!

Best of the

cover Garden Ideas & FAQs

Garden inspirations & solutions from past issues of our popular monthly newsletter - The Grow-zine!

Learn more!

Get instant curb appeal!

Get a finished look to your new landscaping - Here's how!

Take a break!

cover Lazy Gardener's Guide

Lazy Gardener's Guide to South Florida - a unique ebook about low-maintenance plants and landscaping!

Learn more!

cover Gardener's Collection

Take a crash course!

Ebooks on South Florida gardening!

Learn more!

Are you a Snowbird?

Here's a handy paperback guide just for you!

cover Snowbird Gardening

Learn more!

(Now also available
as an ebook!)