SPHAERALCEA coccinea (Scarlet Globemallow) is a perennial flowering plant native to western North America. It belongs to the Malvaceae family and is highly valued for its vibrant red-orange flowers, its attractive gray-green foliage, and its ability to thrive in arid and semi-arid conditions. Scarlet Globemallow is often used in xeriscape gardens, native plant landscapes, or as an ornamental addition to dry, sunny areas.
Scarlet Globemallow is a medium-sized perennial that typically reaches a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) and has a spread of about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has a bushy, upright growth habit with multiple branching stems. The leaves are gray-green, palmate, and divided into several lobes, giving them a distinctive appearance.
This species thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Scarlet Globemallow is adapted to arid and semi-arid regions, including deserts, dry slopes, or sandy areas. It is tolerant of drought and is well-suited for xeriscape gardens or landscapes with limited water availability.
The flowers of Sphaeralcea coccinea are the highlight of this plant. They are large, cup-shaped, and range in color from vibrant red-orange to coral. The flowers are produced in clusters at the ends of the stems and have a showy, attractive appearance. They bloom from late spring to summer, attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
Scarlet Globemallow is often used in xeriscape gardens, native plant landscapes, or as an ornamental addition to dry, sunny areas. It works well as a border plant, in mass plantings, or as a focal point in garden beds. The vibrant red-orange flowers and gray-green foliage add a striking burst of color and visual interest to the landscape.
Scarlet Globemallow, with its vibrant red-orange flowers, gray-green foliage, and ability to thrive in arid conditions, is a valuable addition to xeriscape gardens, native plant landscapes, or dry, sunny areas. Its adaptability, low-maintenance nature, and drought tolerance make it a desirable choice for those seeking to create water-wise and visually appealing garden spaces.
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Scientific Name: Sphaeralcea Coccinea
Common Name: Scarlet Globemallow
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: Western Texas, Northern Mexico, Western Canada
Full Growth Height: 6-14"
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring (Mid, Late), Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Flower Characteristics: Showy, Evergreen
Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees
Flower Color: Deep-Orange to Brick Red
Tolerate: Rocky Soil, Drought, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Clay, Sand, Loam, Well-Drained, Moist
Soil pH: Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Uses: Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders, Butterfly Gardens, Prairies and Meadows