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Sphaeralcea angustifolia

Copper globemallow, Copper mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Sphaeralcea angustifolia (Copper globemallow)
Flaigg, Norman G.
This plant’s flowers vary in color from lavender to salmon, red, and pale pink, this one is salmon-colored and is distinguished by its narrow leaves, 1–2 inches long, many of them folded in half down the middle, and all of them wavy on the edges. Normally it is 2–3 feet tall, but sometimes up to 6 feet. The flowers do not bloom regularly on the stem from bottom to top; new blossoms may appear high or low on the stem. The 5 petals are 1/2 inch long, and the flowers are cup-shaped. They usually bloom between June and November and may bloom more than once during that time if rains are favorable.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: 1-2 feet.
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , NV , NM , OK , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Southern Colorado, Utah, and Nevada south through southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and central and west Texas to southern Mexico
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Hillsides, Slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Calcareous, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Gypseous


Use Ornamental: Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Easily grown, Long-blooming
Use Wildlife: Browse, Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects, Seeds-Granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Common checkered skipper.

Last Update: 2015-12-14