Sphaeralcea angustifolia (Cav.) G. Don
Copper globemallow, Copper mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Synonym(s): Phymosia cuspidata, Sphaeralcea angustifolia ssp. cuspidata, Sphaeralcea angustifolia ssp. lobata, Sphaeralcea angustifolia var. cuspidata, Sphaeralcea angustifolia var. lobata, Sphaeralcea angustifolia var. oblongifolia, Sphaeralcea cuspidata, Sphaeralcea emoryi ssp. nevadensis, Sphaeralcea emoryi var. nevadensis
USDA Symbol: SPAN3
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: 1-2 feet.
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , NM , NV , 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 ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Calcareous, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Gypseous
BenefitUse 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
Larval Host: Common checkered skipper.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0498 Collected Mar. 23, 1992 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
BibliographyBibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sphaeralcea angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sphaeralcea angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sphaeralcea angustifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-12-14
Research By: TWC Staff