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Sphaeralcea ambigua (Desert mallow, Globe mallow)

Sphaeralcea ambigua Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of High Country Gardens


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Sphaeralcea ambigua sfay-RAL-see-ah am-BIG-yew-ah Common Name: Desert mallow, Globe mallow 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.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
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, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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