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Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia

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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