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Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) varies in color from white to pink, lavender, rose, apricot and fuchsia. They bloom after seasonal rains. Fine light hairs cover the globe mallow’s leaves. These help to shade the leaves and to slow down the loss of moisture from the surface of the leaf through transpiration. Closely related to hollyhock, hibiscus and cotton, globe mallows grow on dry, rocky slopes and canyons throughout southwestern United States and Mexico.

Botanical Name Common Name Family
Abutilon palmeri Indian Mallow Malvaceae
Baileya multiradiata Desert Marigold Asteraceae
Berlandiera lyrata Chocolate Flower Asteraceae
Bouteloua curtipendula Side-oats Grama Poaceae
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama Grass Poaceae
Erigeron divergens Fleabane Daisy Asteraceae
Glandularia pulchella (syn. Verbena tenuisecta) Moss Verbena Verbenaceae
Gossypium harknessii San Marcos Hibiscus Malvaceae
Gossypium thurberi Desert Cotton, Thurber’s Cotton Algodoncillo Malvaceae
Leucophyllum laevigatum Chihuahuan Rain Sage Scrophulariaceae
Oenothera speciosa Mexican Evening Primrose Onagraceae
Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Mallow Malvaceae
Sphaeralcea ambigua ssp. rosacea Rose Mallow Malvaceae
Thymophylla pentachaeta Golden Dogweed Asteraceae
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