Sphaeralcea coccinea (Scarlet globemallow)

Short drought tolerant native perennial with red-orange flowers, blooming April to August. Rhizomatous, occurring in dry open desert shrublands, woodlands and grasslands, on a wide range of well-drained soil types and textures, often in large colonies; up to 9,000 ft. elevation. Use in revegetation, erosion control and roadsides. Deep roots allow it to survive grazing and increase after disturbances such as wildfire. Competitive with cheatgrass and other annual weeds. Palatable to ungulates; especially important to pronghorn antelope. Preferred nectar source for numerous native bees, butterflies and moths.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Malvaceae

Duration: Biennial/Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb/ subshrub

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Multiple stem

Mature Height:  30 in.

Bloom Color: Red

Bloom Period: Spring

Annual Precipitation: 6-35 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Medium

Nitrogen fixation: None

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 6.5-8.4


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 500,000

Seeding Rate: 2 PLS lbs/acre

Season:

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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