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Sphaeralcea coulteri (Coulter's globemallow)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Sphaeralcea coulteri

Sphaeralcea coulteri (S. Watson) A. Gray

Coulter's Globemallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)


USDA Symbol: SPCO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Erect, slender stems with thin, grayish-velvety leaves and orange or red-orange flowers in long narrow clusters.

In years of ample winter rain, this species carpets the desert floor with red-orange.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Southeastern California, southern Arizona, and northwestern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy, desert flats.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sphaeralcea coulteri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sphaeralcea coulteri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sphaeralcea coulteri


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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