Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua

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Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua
Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua

Species Name: Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua
Common Name: Apricot Mallow

Great in dry garden or on a slope. Orange flowers are stunning when in full bloom. OK to cut back in fall. Excellent butterfly plant.

Plant Family: Malvaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Upright, open, multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Summer
Flower Color: Orange
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Desert to Utah, Arizona, and Mexico
Natural Habitat: Desert scrub below 8000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A shrubby plant 2 to 4 feet high with many stems from the base. Leaves palmate, grayish green. Flowers about one inch in diameter, apricot buff, very showy. Has a long blooming season and will grow in any garden. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.