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Common Name: Desert Globemallow

Scientific Name: Sphaeralcea ambigua

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildlife habitat improvement

~Revegetation in southwest deserts

~Wildflower plantings

Height: 2 - 4 feet

Colors: Orange-red flowers with dusty green/grey foliage

Flowering Season: Late spring

Soil Types: Well drained soil

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 6-12 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 3 - 5 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 500,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/8 - 1/4 inch deep

Stratification Requirements: Cold stratification if not planting in fall

Category: Forb



Desert Globemallow, also known as Apricot Mallow, blooms in late spring, displaying vibrant red-orange flowers. Its distinguishing feature is its deep taproot, which enables it to access water and nutrients from deep within the soil, making it well-suited for growth in arid, sandy, or rocky soils. This unique characteristic makes Desert Globemallow a valuable plant for soil stabilization, particularly in areas disrupted by human activities like mining, road construction, or wildfires.


This plant is specifically adapted to the arid regions of the Southwest deserts, serving as a crucial species for the restoration of degraded landscapes in these areas. Additionally, it provides a suitable habitat for some wildlife species and is highly drought-tolerant. Given its ability to thrive in challenging conditions and its capacity to promote soil stabilization and ecological succession, Desert Globemallow plays a significant role in efforts to restore and rehabilitate ecosystems in the arid regions of the Southwest.



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Photo Credit: Anny Reeves and Joe Decruyenaere

Desert Globemallow


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