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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

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  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
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  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
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  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
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  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) http://www.sagebud.com/desert-globemallow-sphaeralcea-ambigua/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
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Sphaeralcea Ambigua, or more commonly know as Desert Globemallow, is a subshrub forb/herb with green foliage and orange flowers of the genus Sphaeralcea. It has a rapid growth rate and a height of 5 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is spring and summer, blooms during early spring, is intolerant of shade and is routinely available commercially. Sphaeralcea Ambigua or Desert Globemallow's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Sphaeralcea
  • Family: Malvaceae
  • Order: Malvales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Subshrub Forb/herb
  • Native Status: L48 (N)
  • Active Growth Period: Spring and Summer
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Moderate
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: High
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: Yes
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Orange
  • Flower Conspicuous: Yes
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Moderate
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Medium
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Orange
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Multiple Stem
  • Growth Rate: Rapid
  • Height Mature (feet): 5
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Short
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: High
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 174
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: Low
  • pH (Minimum): 7.5
  • pH (Maximum): 8.5
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 3500
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 11000
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 5
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 15
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 12
  • Salinity Tolerance: Medium
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -6
  • Bloom Period: Early Spring
  • Commercial Availability: Field Collections Only
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: High
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Spring
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 450000
  • Seed Spread Rate: Rapid
  • Seedling Vigor: High
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: None




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