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Sphaeralcea ambigua

Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Malvaceae
Scientific name  Sphaeralcea ambigua
Rank  Species
Order  Malvales
Genus  Sphaeralcea
Higher classification  Sphaeralcea
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Similar  Sphaeralcea, Mallows, Encelia farinosa, Baileya multiradiata, Encelia

Medicinal desert globemallow sphaeralcea ambigua

Sphaeralcea ambigua, commonly known as desert globemallow or apricot mallow, is a member of the genus Sphaeralcea in the mallow family (Malvaceae).

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It is a perennial shrub native to parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico in the U.S.; and Sonora and Baja California in Northwest Mexico. It grows well in alkaline soil, both sandy or clay, usually in the company of creosote bush scrub and desert chaparral habitats, from 150–2,500 metres (490–8,200 ft) in elevation. It is found in the Mojave Desert, Great Basin deserts, and Sonoran Desert ecoregions.

Sphaeralcea ambigua Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Mallow

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Sphaeralcea ambigua Sphaeralcea

The Sphaeralcea ambigua plant grows to 3 feet (0.91 m) in height, and spreads to 2–3 feet (0.61–0.91 m) in width. The leaves (see image) are fuzzy with white hairs on both sides, lobed, palmately veined, and on long stems, the number of which increase with age. The fruit is a brown capsule containing numerous seeds, first quite spherical as implied by the genus name, later flattening to a disk (see lowest image). The flowers are bowl-shaped, 5-petaled, apricot to orange in color, and bloom in the spring.


Sphaeralcea ambigua has eight to nine named varieties.

They include: Sphaeralcea ambigua Sphaeralcea ambigua Wikimedia Commons
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. ambigua
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. aculeata Jeps. (synonym for S. a. var. ambigua)
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. rosacea (Munz & I.M. Johnst.) Kearney
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua A. Gray var. rugosa (Kearney) Kearney
  • Uses

    Sphaeralcea ambigua Sphaeralcea ambigua Wikimedia Commons

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


    Sphaeralcea ambigua Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Globemallow Apricot Mallow plant lust

    Sphaeralcea ambigua is cultivated as an ornamental plant by specialty plant nurseries for use in desert and drought tolerant gardens, and a native plant its desert region's natural landscaping and habitat restoration projects.

    Cultural Requirements
  • Exposure: full sun
  • Water: natural rainfall; supplemental water will increase flowering
  • Soil: desert soil, tolerant of some clay, prefers good drainage
  • Propagation: easy by seed; tricky by vegetative cuttings, best results from first flush of new spring growth
  • Maintenance: low, periodically cut back to keep vegetative look
  • References

    Sphaeralcea ambigua Wikipedia

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