Sphaeralcea ambigua
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Sphaeralcea ambigua

desert mallow

  family malvaceae 
  genus sphaeralcea 

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Genus  Sphaeralcea Species  ambigua Variety  Cultivar  Common names  desert mallow Family  MALVACEAE Specimen number  S11400 Data source  HtZn p170
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Rocky Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-08 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Sphaeralcea ambigua can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. Desert mallow needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this plant has a texture that is rocky. Full sun is best for growing this species. It needs soil that is dry. This plant is drought tolerant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Sphaeralcea ambigua may have originated from Western United States.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Sphaeralcea ambigua is a perennial. Flowers: Desert mallow has wand-like flower clusters. Flowers begin in March and don't stop until May. The flowers are usually an orange color.

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