Globemallow Plant Information

Globemallow grows in the following 22 states:

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Texas, Washington

Sphaeralcea species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Schinia olivacea, which has been recorded on S. lindheimeri.The leaves of these plants are spirally arranged, and usually palmate or toothed. Both stems and leaves are downy. Like other Malvaceae, the flowers are saucer- or cup-shaped, with the stamens joined into a column in the center.Sphaeralcea is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae). There are about 40-60 species, including annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Most originate in the drier regions of North America, with some known from South America. They are commonly known as globemallows, globe mallows, or falsemallows. The name of the genus is derived from the Greek words (sphaira), meaning "sphere," and (alkea), meaning "mallow."

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