Desert Mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua

Native to the warm, dry regions of the U.S. and Mexico, this shrubby drought tolerant perennial features showy coral-colored flowers in loose clusters and soft, fuzzy gray-green foliage. Often blooms year-round in mild winter climates. Adored by hummingbirds. A great choice for waterwise beds and borders and containers.
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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Botanical Pronunciationsfay-RAL-see-ah am-BIG-yew-ah
Average Size at MaturityReaches 2-3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring to fall; nearly year-round in mild winter climates.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorOrange
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Thrives in average to lean, well-drained soil. Avoid excess winter moisture. Prune lightly after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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