Sphaeralcea ambigua

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 Sphaeralcea ambigua subsp. var.  Desert mallow
Desert GlobemallowSphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 24 in to 36 in
Width: 12 in to 24 in
Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer, early fall, mid fall, late fall
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 4 to 9
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: orange, yellow
Malvaceae > Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ,

Sphaeralcea ambigua, commonly known as Desert Globemallow or Apricot Mallow, is a member of the genus Sphaeralcea in the mallow family (Malvaceae). It is a perennial shrub native to parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. The leaves are fuzzy, deeply lobed, and on long stems, the number of which increase with age. The fruit is a brown capsule containing numerous seeds. The flowers are apricot to orange in color and bloom in the spring. It grows well in alkaline soil, both sandy or clay, usually in the company of creosote bush scrub.



Pests and diseases


  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. ambigua
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. aculeata Jeps.
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. rosacea (Munz & I.M. Johnst.) Kearney
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. rugosa (Kearney) Kearney



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