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Desert Globe Mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua

 

In spring a flush of beautiful flowers cause people to stop in their tracks.  After that, globe mallow will bloom off and on throughout the summer and fall. With petal colors that range from apricot to orange, and red to pink - it is native to the Southwestern areas of North America where it is found growing along washes and rocky slopes.  It's a beautiful but tough plant and does best in full sun and performs well in areas with hot, reflected heat.

 

Sorry for my lack of comments yesterday....   ShutterChance was down when I was on the computer last night, and, of course, I was at work all day today... trying to catch up!  :-)

 

Desert Globe Mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua

 

In spring a flush of beautiful flowers cause people to stop in their tracks.  After that, globe mallow will bloom off and on throughout the summer and fall. With petal colors that range from apricot to orange, and red to pink - it is native to the Southwestern areas of North America where it is found growing along washes and rocky slopes.  It's a beautiful but tough plant and does best in full sun and performs well in areas with hot, reflected heat.

 

Sorry for my lack of comments yesterday....   ShutterChance was down when I was on the computer last night, and, of course, I was at work all day today... trying to catch up!  :-)

 

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 1 Feb 2018, 00:27
I can imagine this plant lapping up the sun, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes! They just love it! When you think it's too hot for anything to survive... they are a welcome burst of color! The Mexican's, though, call Globe Mallows "Mal de Ojo", or "Sore Eyed Poppies". They have tiny hairs all over the stems and leaves that release easily and cause great pain in the eyes. Why you would rub your eyes after touching a plant, I've no idea! smile
  • sherri
  • Arkansas USA
  • 1 Feb 2018, 03:27
love the softness of the leaves
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I imagine they are soft.... but covered in little hairs that get stuck in your skin!
i like the part about beautiful but tough, Elizabeth. and i love the shade seen here.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Me too, Ayush - Like most women I associate with smile
Thanks so much!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Feb 2018, 04:39
This is delightful and what a great colours. Do the hairs of the leaves give itches??
(I think we had the same problem wink)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I do love Globe Mallows - usually they're orangey colored... but the pink ones are always so lovely! Yes - the hairs can be very scratchy. In Mexico they refer to it as Mal-de-Ojo... Sore eyes. smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Feb 2018, 06:17
Another beautiful desert plant, Elizabeth - I am enjoying this series
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Lisl! I'm so glad you are!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Feb 2018, 06:20
Oh, what a delicate colour!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is, isn't it? Most we see are an orangey color - they're all really pretty!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 1 Feb 2018, 06:44
I love the delicate contrast between the leaves and the pink of the flower
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Chris! There is that!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Feb 2018, 06:49
It's very beautiful and I can just picture the environment that it enjoys.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: it is - and I bet you can! smile
A lovely flower and a very nice leafage too
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is a lovely plant, Bill!
Elle doit être très belle a sa pleine floraison ..
Merci
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She certainly is, Claudine!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 Feb 2018, 07:54
No problem Elizabeth, good that it is back up and running.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - it was weird!
Lovely!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Tom!
The mallow bud is unmistakable. SC was down for me that day too but not for everyone.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they wonderful!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Feb 2018, 14:09
I suppose the hairy looking leaves help it retain water for its survival. Another pretty plant.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm guessing you're right, Anne - or at least help collect the water. Thank you!
Good compo in addition to the lovely pink...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, sir!
Very pretty, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank! XOX
I recognise it as a mallow, but it looks to have a much more refined almost glaucous leaf compared to the ones we see here.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yeah? Isn't that interesting!
This image is beautiful too
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Claudio!

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