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Sphaeralcea ambigua var. rosacea

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Species Name: Sphaeralcea ambigua var. rosacea
Common Name: Parish Mallow

Great in dry garden or on slopes. Attracts birds and butterflies.

Plant Family: Malvaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Upright branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 2400'
Flower Season: March to July
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?:
Distribution: Deserts, especially Sonoran Desert
Natural Habitat: Desert scrub between 400 and 2400'

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History
The type specimen for this subspecies was found by Alice Chittenden, who passed the plant collection along to botanist Alice Eastwood at the California Academy of Sciences for study. This is one of the subspecies included in Chittenden's body of 284 portraits of California native plants.
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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