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Desert mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua

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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 CharacteristicsDrought tolerant and long blooming.

CareProvide well-drained soil in full sun, with protection from winter moisture.

PropagationStart from seed or divide in spring.

  • Genus : Sphaeralcea
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. christophermorgangilcrest 11/21/2014

    Excellent low water landscape plant, blooms heavy with little care http://www.growquestgrowers.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=4125

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