Sphaeralcea ambigua var. rugosa
Common Name Globe mallow, Desert mallow, Apricot mallow
Latin Name Sphaeralcea ambigua
Family / Origin Malvaceae /
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-13 / 9-10
Type / Form Bush / Small
Native Habitat Southwestern deserts below 8,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed alkaline granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 3 feet X 3 feet, usually 2 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Silvery hairs on leaves can cause damage if rubbed in eyes
Leaves Grey-green to yellow-green
Flowers Orange, pink, white, or lavender leaves mostly in spring but will bloom through summer if watered
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low, cut back in winter
Propagation Seeds
Pests and diseases None
Landscape Uses Erosion control, container, rock garden, low maintenance, parkways, specimen
Garden Suitability Thornless, Sonoran, Butterfly
Nature Value Butterflies and bees use flowers, browse for deer, larval plant for butterflies
Native American Uses Medicinal
    Images http://www.mojavenp.org/sphaeralcea_ambigua.htm
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphaeralcea_ambigua
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7722
    Images and data http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/sphaeralcea-ambigua-desert-mallow.aspx
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/67299/
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Malvaceae/Sphaeralcea_ambigua.html
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/2390/sphaeralcea-ambigua-desert-globemallow/
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM01453
, borders, low maintena http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=spam2
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Sphaeralcea_ambigua
    Images and data http://www.mojavenp.org/sphaeralcea_ambigua.htm
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/GlobeMallow/GlobeMallow.htm
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Sphaeralcea_ambigua.html
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Malvaceae/Sphaeralcea_ambigua.html
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/649.htm
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Images and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Sphaeralcea+ambigua
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SPAM2