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Marcus, Joseph A.
Sphaeralcea incana Torr. ex A. Gray
USDA Symbol: SPIN2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Perennial with several to many erect stems from a stout woody crown and a large taproot, very densely yellowish-canescent with very short scurfy hairs. Grows to heights between 3 to 6 feet on grassy-rock slopes, sandy soils, among boulders and on gravely-clay flats in the Trans-Pecos.
Tall flower stems appear from bushy plants with an overall silver or gray-green appearance. The flower stems bare soft orange flowers. Foliage is greyish-green. Blooms June to October. Grows best in full sun.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , NM , TX USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Drought Tolerance: Medium , High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Grey Globemallow has been used for food and medicinal purposes by Native
Americans and others. The top of the plant was made into a beverage or eaten. It is said to be nourishing and tasty. The roots and leaves are demulcent and emollient. People used a poultice of fresh crushed leaves for skin injuries or inflammations, or to line their shoes or fill their socks while hiking. The leaf and flower tea is gentle, and was used for respiratory irritations and flu. Conspicuous Flowers:
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Record Modified: 2009-10-08