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PlantFiles: Orange Globe Mallow, Munro's Globemallow
Sphaeralcea munroana

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sphaeralcea (sfeer-AL-see-uh) (Info)
Species: munroana (mun-roh-AH-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Sphaeralcea munroana subsp. munroana

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ogon On Jun 17, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

As a California native, Orange Globe Mallow does best with no summer water and well drained soil. I have it planted in the garden in such a way that the sprinklers miss it, and again in a dry bed next to the driveway. It is doing well in both locations, but best in the un-irrigated bed. I absolutely love the bright orange flower spikes and how they contrast with the grey folliage. Seems to constantly be in bloom too!

Positive slowloris On Mar 27, 2005, slowloris from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Does well even in hard clay soils (high desert of New Mexico).

Positive petevllx On Jul 23, 2004, petevllx from Oakland, CA wrote:

i grow this in 'desert' gardens here in the bay area. it quickly spreads to form a mat, 7 or 8 ft around. it does well in large pots as well - cascades. it's a fast grower and a prolific bloomer. i just acquired two w/ variegated leaves. don't give it too much water or it will get v. leggy and might not bloom as well. it's a great plant for early spring color.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Mirage, Arizona
Oracle, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Chico, California
Fairfield, California
Paradise, California
Denver, Colorado
Annapolis, Maryland
Montclair, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
San Antonio, Texas
Santaquin, Utah

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