Sphaeralcea ambigua, apricot mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua, Desert mallow is brillant
Sphaeralcea ambigua, Desert mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua, desert mallow with ceanothus and dendromecon
Sphaeralcea ambigua, desert mallow with Lupinus albifrons behind it.
Sphaeralcea ambigua, Desert Mallow with checkerspot butterfly
Sphaeralcea ambigua, Apricot Mallow, in the desert garden
Sphaeralcea ambigua, Desert Mallow, close up of flower.
Sphaeralcea ambigua, Desert Mallow in the desert in the vicinity of Barstow
Sphaeralcea ambigua and Encelia actonii in the wild along a road near Barstow. It's strange how some plants look good in the desert or in an un-watered yard.
Desert Mallow is a two foot perennial with many one inch orange flowers on a two to three foot spike with gray almost fuzzy foliage. Desert Hollyhock is another name for the flower spikes that can occur most of the year here. Desert Mallow needs sun and good air flow. It grows throughout the deserts from Baja Calif. to Utah. We have seen this in the White Mountains at 8000' and growing just above Bishop. There are pinkish forms around Mojave, sometimes growing into the pine forest, sometimes into oak woodland, often into juniper woodland. This bright orange perennial grew into a five foot bush down by the Mexican border. The customer kept describing a five foot bush that was always in flower with these wonderful orange flowers. He never watered it, and it grew to five feet in one season. Needless to say, we were confused, as its usually only two feet tall, in bad spots in the upper desert, this flowering perennial may only be one foot tall. San Diego, Desert Mallow looks like a five foot Fremontia with flowers on it all the time. It seems to be stable as long as the rainfall is between 5-20", sun and air flow. Cut flowers are great for bouquets.