currently in Austin


Globe Mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua

Native globe mallow is an easy-care, extremely drought-tolerant perennial.

Silvery-gray leaves really pop against tiny flowers that range from orange to apricot pink to attract bees and butterflies from late spring to frost.

Getting about two feet tall and wide, but perhaps a foot or so larger in ideal conditions, globe mallow thrives in sunny, well-drained areas where it doesn’t get too much water. It can take light shade. Do water in the hottest, driest time of summer. It’s best to avoid mulching with wood near its base.

Winter hardy in Central Texas, it benefits from shearing back when temps warm up in spring for a more robust, bushier plant.

Sadly, not deer resistant!