Desert mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of High Country Gardens
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Desert mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)
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Genus:  Sphaeralcea
This shrubby, woolly perennial is native to the warmest, dry regions of the US and Mexico. Its large, rose-like salmon-colored flowers appear in loose clusters from spring to frost. It grows to 3 feet tall and almost as wide, and can bloom nearly year-round in warm regions.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Drought tolerant and long blooming.
Care:  Provide well-drained soil in full sun, with protection from winter moisture.
Propagation:  Start from seed or divide in spring.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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