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Malvaceae

Sphaeralcea

Sphaeralcea munroana

These annuals, perennials, and shrubs in 60 or so species are native to dry mountain slopes of the Americas and South Africa. They are grown mainly for their showy, saucer-shaped flowers in white, red, purple, pink, orange, or yellow. Foliage is often downy and may be coarse.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsShowy, colorful, saucer-shaped flowers. Most species in this genus are native to North America. Some species are used as food plants by butterfly larvae.

CareProvide full sun and very well-drained, gravelly soil. Protect from winter moisture. Grow in a sheltered location in colder climates. Move plants into a greenhouse if necessary to avoid heavy winter rains.

PropagationStart seed, or divide plants, in spring.

ProblemsHollyhock rust. Wet conditions often kills these plants.

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