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Sphaeralcea parvifolia (Smallflower globemallow)
Anderson, Beth

Sphaeralcea parvifolia

Sphaeralcea parvifolia A. Nelson

Smallflower Globemallow, Small-leaf Globe-mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)


USDA Symbol: SPPA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Small-leaf globe-mallow is a 2-3 ft., several-stemmed perennial with whitish-gray foliage and reddish orange, five-petaled flowers in many-flowered clusters. The leaves are thick, round and shallowly three-lobed.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Reddish orange.


USA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: W. CO to NM, AZ & Inyo Co., CA
Native Habitat: Dry mesas and slopes; 4000-7000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Commercially Avail: yes

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

Web Reference

Webref 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 resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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