Sphaeralcea - Globe Mallows

A genus of about 50 species from central and western USA, and some from South America. Plants are perennial herbs, sub-shrubs or small shrubs. Thick leaves, shallowly toothed, entire or palmately arranged. They bloom normally from June into late September and are found growing in full sun in dry soils that are well draining and gravelly.

They mix well with Opuntia, Salvia, Yucca, Zauschneria and Penstemon. A rock garden subject for drier regions. Attractive. Other species to grow include: S. angustifolia var. cuspidata and S. munroana.

Sphaeralcea ambigua
    Code: SPAM-A8
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    Apricot Mallow Malvaceae:

    This perennial shrub is a spring blooming shrub with apricot to orange flowers on tall narrow stems. Best in full sun in alkaline soils.

    Sphaeralcea ambigua is native to parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

    300 seeds

    Sphaeralcea coccinea
      Code: S15P-W
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      Scarlet Globe-mallow or Caliche Globe-mallow or Red False Mallow Malvaceae:

      Perennial plants that grow from spreading rhizomes, the plants are upright in habit, growing to a height of 6 to 12 inches tall. Sometimes sprawling in rich soils. The foliage is densely white-hairy topped off with scarlet colored flowers. Plant produce multi-stemmed clumps. Flowers are 2 cm wide and produced in clusters, mallow-like in shape. The foliage is silver cast with many short hairs.

      Zones 3-8

      Native to the Great Plains and adjoining western states, were it is found on poor dry soils in full sun.

      Soak seeds in hot water for 24 hours; change the water every 8 hours with new hot water. Sow and keep for 60-90 days at 32-39F, move to 65F for germination. Sow 1/8inch deep and keep seed tray for a few years as some seeds will germinate over a few years, pluck out seedlings when large enough to handle.

      50 seeds

      Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia
        Code: SPGR-A8
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        Gooseberry leaf Globemallow :

        This desert species has beautiful colorful reddish orange flowers. Plants have few to many hairy stems that emerge from a woody caudex and reach a height of 14 to 43 inches. Leaves are palmately 3- to 5-lobed. The flowers are produced individually along the stems or clustered in compound racemes. Plants have a deep, branched, woody taproot, and a re very drought tolerant. Short-lived perennials that live generally for 3 or so years, allow to self-sow. Plants bloom the second year and have a long flowering period from June through December. Plants in full sun, Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia grows in alkaline soils and tolerates moderate salinity.

        Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia is native from California to Utah and the drier parts of Washington.

        The seeds have a hard seed coat and seed germination is enhanced by chemical or mechanical scarification. Exposing sown seed to alternating temperatures of 59F (15C) and 72F (22C) for 12 hour periods increases germination.

        300 seeds

        Sphaeralcea munroana
          Code: SPMU-A9
          SKU: Lot A9 - 200 seeds
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          Munro Globemallow (sfeer-AL-see-uh: mun-roh-AH-nuh) Malvaceae:

          Spikes of bright orange flowers and grey foliage. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. A prolific bloomer for an area in full sun with dry soils.

          Zones 4-9

          200 seeds