Sphaeralcea ambigua

Desert mallow

  • Height:   1 ft - 3 ft
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   shrub
  • Flower Size:   small, 1/4 - 1 in
  • Flower Type:   solitary
  • Bloom Type:   spring
  • Flower Color:   orange
  • Native to California:   YES
  • California Range:   desert
  • Water Requirements:   low
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   8,000,000
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Taxon report data from Calflora

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Sphaeralcea ambigua

Common Name:Desert mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California.

US Distribution:beyond CA but confined to w. North America
Plant Community(s):Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest
Habitat:slopes
Family:Malvaceae

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Marin, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, Siskiyou, Tulare, Ventura

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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