I don't believe I've ever seen Peruvian Pavonia (P. peruviensis) wilt, even when it's had little to no water and the temperature soars over 100 as it has recently. It's covered in these pale pink blooms with deep maroon throats and red stamens. It blooms profusely in sun but will also bloom in partial shade. I'm not going to lie to you: I'm not wild about this plant: the Head Gardener's says I'm a plant snob. She says I don't like it because it presents no challenge to me as a gardener: it's easy peasy lemon squeezy to grow. She also alludes to my complaints about its tendency to reseed freely, and for those seedlings to grow all to quickly into a veritable thicket as they did in the rose bed. Well, pfui, she's right: the plant has certainly proven its worth to me this summer. I will do my best to think more kindly of it in the future since as my late friend Amy used to say about plants that could take our most brutal weather, "it's so brave". A note re the botanical and common names: I've also heard this plant this referred to as P. hastata, Spearleaf Pavonia and Brazilian Pavonia.
Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) is one of my favorite Texas natives. This one requires full sun, lean and mean soil, and very little water. In fact, I've had plants die back from an excess of rain after one of those drenching torrential storms. I don't water these plants at all and they reward me with a profusion of small white daisies for months on end. They also reseed, but not thuggishly. This one is actually growing in a crack between the moss rocks of the border along one of the granite paths.
Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) is a little more mannerly in its reseeding habits than its relative. I've seen some catalogs and articles where this plant is classified as a shade plant (partial or dappled). Here at Wit's End, it blooms and grows its best in full sun. I do have some plants that get a fair amount of shade; those plants don't bloom as profusely. This one has wilted a bit in the afternoons recently and I've noticed that it needs supplemental watering to keep the foliage a healthy dark green. I love the hibiscus-like blooms on this one, which is why some refer to it as Rose Mallow.
I hope you'll join me in posting Three for Thursday, if not this week, then next! Pick 3 pictures of plants from your garden ... tell us about 3 books you've read that you want to share ... rant about 3 things that bug the heck out of you ... show us 3 pieces of garden art or 3 photos of egregious crimes against gardening ... shoot, get creative! Make it fun for yourself and it will be fun for us!