Orange Desert Mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua (click to enlarge)

Sphaeralcea ambigua (click to enlarge)

I found this pretty flower on the side of a hill, and I inched down carefully to get a shot. During our week-long stay in Nevada, it’s the only time I encountered this vibrant, desert perennial.


  • Exposure: full sun
  • Water: natural rainfall; supplemental water will increasing flowering
  • Soil: tolerant, good drainage
  • Propagation: easy by seed; tricky by vegetative cuttings, best results from first flush of new spring growth
  • Maintenance: low, periodically cut back to keep vegetative look
  • Form: loose, shrubby, herbaceous perennial; stems form open vase
  • Seasonality: perennial
  • Size: 3ft, spread with age to 2-3ft

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU: “Look at you, you madman! Screaming and thirsty you are dying in the desert , when all around you there is nothing but water!” ~Kabir


5 thoughts on “Orange Desert Mallow

  1. These are gorgeous and look like poppies. I don’ t see them grow with such abundance here. Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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