desert globemallow Malvaceae Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray Listen to the Latin symbol: SPAM2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, nearly round to cordate, palmately lobed, densely woolly pubescent/velvety above and below, blue-green above and below, appearing wrinkled.
Flower: Very attractive and poppy-like, 5 red, orange, yellow, or pink petals approximately 1 inch across, borne on a 2 foot tall spike and blooming for most of the growing season.
Fruit: A round, multi-parted dry capsule, 1/2 inch in diameter, base covered in dense silky pubescence.
Twig: Densely pubescent and slender, white woolly with pubescence.
Bark: Green to brown.
Form: A dense rounded shrub, to 4 feet tall.
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Additional Range Information:
Sphaeralcea ambigua is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting desert globemallow.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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