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Flaigg, Norman G.
Sphaeralcea angustifolia (Cav.) G. Don
Copper globemallow, Copper-mallow, Globe mallow
USDA Symbol: span3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Size Notes:
1-2 feet. Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AZ , CA , CO , KS , MD , NM , NV , OK , TX Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Hillsides, Slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0498
Collected Mar. 23, 1992 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
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Record Modified: 2008-04-06
Research By: TWC Staff