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This native perennial has a relaxed, sprawling form that mixes well with other desert plants. Although a light orange flower color is the most common, other colors are possible, ranging from pink to red to white to lavender. Globe mallow may start to look rangy after flowering, and can be cut back to about six inches tall in the early fall. The small, grayish-green, three lobed leaves are covered with tiny hairs that can be irritating to some people. Be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves when pruning this plant! Globe mallow is extremely drought tolerant.

Desert Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)