Those who live in the desert know that it is not desolate, but is actually home to many plants that provide color and vibrancy to our landscape. Globe Mallows or Sphaeralcea ambigua, are one of these plants that grow beautiful flowers and are masters at surviving the harsh summer and moderate winter climates. You can spot Globe Mallows in Vistancia. They can be identified by their woody bases and light orange flowers; however, they can also grow in variations of white, purple, pink and red.
These shrubs are perfectly adapted for the desert. Globe Mallows are native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico. They require full sun and little water, and are very drought tolerant. They also mix well with other desert plants.
When caring for a Globe Mallow in your own yard, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery suggests planting them with good drainage. Also note that for best results, this plant should be pruned because it is fast growing. After they flower in the spring, you should cut them down to about six inches in the fall. Even after trimming it down to that size, it will reach three feet in height and width in one growing season. While pruning and maintaining your Globe Mallow, be aware of the tiny hairs on the plant’s leaves. They are sometimes irritating to people. We recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves whenever you prune any plant in your yard.