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PlantFiles: Copper Globe Mallow, Desert Copper Globemallow, Lobeleaf Coppermallow, Lobata
Sphaeralcea angustifolia

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sphaeralcea (sfeer-AL-see-uh) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Sphaeralcea angustifolia subsp. angustifolia
Synonym:Sphaeralcea angustifolia subsp. cuspidata
Synonym:Sphaeralcea angustifolia subsp. lobata
Synonym:Sphaeralcea cuspidata

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ogrejelly On Mar 19, 2010, ogrejelly from Gilbert, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very nice plant which grows well in the Phoenix area. You do not want to water this plant much or it will over grow and get floppy. Blooms early so it is a nice plant to add winter color. Mine is about six years old now and it is starting to get a bare woody "trunk" at the base which I am working into a kind of a bonsai look. Very nice plant.

Positive YLcalif On Aug 9, 2005, YLcalif from Yorba Linda, CA wrote:

Desert Globe Mallow is useful as a background or filler plant for hot, arid, full sun locations where not much else will grow. Easily propagated from cuttings in the fall/winter after the summer blooming season. Flowers are numerous but small and are best appreciated if the plant is situated along a pathway as part of a combination grouping. The plant gets leggy with regular water so make sure you place it with other low-water plants.


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

Gilbert, Arizona
Saint David, Arizona
Yorba Linda, California
Pahrump, Nevada
Austin, Texas

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