Globemallow (apricot)


Scientific Name: Sphaeralcea ambigua

Common Name: Desert Globemallow
Family: Malvaceae, Globe Mallow Family
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 3 feet.
Growth Form: Forb/herb, subshrub; growth shrubby, stems erect or sprawling.
Flower Color: Apricot, orange, orange-red, apricot-orange, pink, purplish-pink; flowers semi-large in clusters on tips of weak hanging stems, fruit a schizocarp with 9 or more segments each containing 2 seeds.
Flowering Season: January to December with sufficient rainfall.
Elevation: Below 3,500 feet in Arizona.

Comments: The species epithet for Desert Globemallow "ambigua" is a reference to the leaf shape which is extremely variable and compounded with 4 similar sub-species.