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PlantFiles: Trailing Mallow
Sphaeralcea philippiana

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sphaeralcea (sfeer-AL-see-uh) (Info)
Species: philippiana (fil-lip-ee-AY-nuh) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Happenstance On Jun 2, 2008, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

An excellent and tidy gray-green spreading Mallow. Fast grower should be planted at least 4' on centers, blooms year round in Zone 10A.

Neutral Terry On Feb 2, 2005, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Some sources indicate this is sometimes sold as a creeping form of Sphaeralcea munroana, which is incorrect.


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

Chico, California
Fairfield, California
Paradise, California

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