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Sunday - April 19, 2015

From: AUSTIN, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Orange-flowered bush on Wildflower Center grounds
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What is the orange colored bush like Sphaeralcea blooming right now. It is in one of the planted gardens. I could find no name plate.

ANSWER:

This is most likely Sphaeralcea incana (Gray globemallow)There is a large bush near the library and adminstration buildings.  Please see photos below.

 

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Gray globemallow
Sphaeralcea incana

Gray globemallow
Sphaeralcea incana

Gray globemallow
Sphaeralcea incana

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