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
Salmon
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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