Sphaeralcea incana Torr. ex A. Gray
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
USDA Symbol: SPIN2
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Usually up to about 6 feet tall, but may reach 10 feet.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Drought Tolerance: Medium , High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
BenefitUse Medicinal: 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: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sphaeralcea incana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sphaeralcea incana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sphaeralcea incana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-04-13