Plant of the Week

Orange Glow Mallow

orange glow mallowSphaeralcea ambigua.  Local native, this shrubby drought tolerant perennial features showy orange flowers in loose clusters and soft, Arizona green foliage. Blooms year-round, but really showy during the monsoon season.  Adored by hummingbirds and butterflies alike.  A great choice for waterwise flowerbeds, borders and containers where low to no water is requested and even less maintenance.  In bloom and looking native pretty.

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