Globemallow Sphaeralcea spp.


Sphaeralcea incana
Sphaeralcea ambigua
Sphaeralcea coccinea
Sphaeralcea parviflora
Sphaeralcea ambigua
Sphaeralcea coccinea
General Information
Plant Form Flower Plant Size 6" to 5' x varies
Plant Type Perennial Water Usage Low
Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade Colors Orange, Pink, Purple, Red
Physical Description Miniature "hollyhocks" with 1/2"-1" cup-like flowers throughout the growing season in shades or orange, red, pink and lavender on multiple erect to sprawling stems.
Care and Maintenance Many species are rhizomatous spreaders and may be invasive with rich soil or extra moisture. Winter removal of spent stalks to basal rosettes required.
Gardener's notes Several Southwestern native species are useable in El Paso gardens. Although variable in habit, low ground covering favorites are S. coccinea, S. grossulariaefolia, and S. digitata; tall erect or bushy types include S. ambigua, S. incana, S. fendleri, S. angustifolia, S. subhasta and S. parviflora. Grow from seed, root cuttings or nursery plants.