Panama Rose Shrub
This uncommon tropical shrub to 5' has rosy-pink 2" flower clusters. It's from Central America, but I got the original cuttings in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1988. Grows easy and relatively fast, likes full sun at the coast, part shade in hotter regions. Blooms all year in the tropics, summer and fall in colder areas. It's lightly fragrant, more so at dusk. Best with amended soil and regular feeding. Similar to Pentas, but larger and with more grace. Hardy to 32 degrees, but could be grown as an annual in frost prone areas. It's in the Rubiaceae family, same as coffee, pentas and gardenia.