Sphaeralcea ambigua
Globe mallow

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Globe mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua

The native globe mallow can be found flourishing in the wilderness along roadsides, in washes, and on rocky hillsides in the Southwestern United States. Greyish green foliage and stems make this a very attractive low-water perennial. Cup-shaped translucent flowers bloom in an array of colors such as scarlet, white, pink, and yellow, with orange being the most prevalent. Globe mallow is a dependable spring- bloomer, and will sporadically blossom throughout the growing season. The luminous flowers attract butterflies and native birds. Plant in a hot spot with reflected sun among other spring- flowering perennials like penstemon. It also works wonders to soften hard landscapes filled with ocotillo, prickly pear, or agave. 

Blooms heavily in spring and sporadically the rest of the year
Provideing a steady supply of nectar and pollen
Attracts butterflies, bees and birds
Very attractive, low-water perennial
One of the most drought-tolerant species of globe mallow

Native Range

Dry, rocky slopes; sandy wash edges to 3500 ft.

Interesting Facts

The plant was used by members of the Shoshoni tribe of Native Americans as a food source and medicinal plant.


Mature Size: 2-3ft. Tall x 2-3ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 8-10

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

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