Desert mallow

Desert Mallow
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Sphaeralcea ambigua
Sphaeralcea ambigua

Desert Mallow

Light up a hot, dry garden with easy-care desert mallow. Also known as desert hollyhock, this tough perennial is decorated with 1-2-foot-tall spikes of warm orange flowers nearly year-round. It thrives in full sun and open growing conditions where it receives good airflow to prevent disease. Plant it in a mixed border for a reliable punch of color, or include it in a fountain planting where you can regularly enjoy its cheerful blossoms. Desert mallow grows best with limited watering.

genus name
  • Sphaeralcea ambigua
  • Sun
plant type
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • To 3 feet wide
flower color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Plant Desert mallow with

Complement the upright nature of desert mallow with the rounded form of feathery cassia.

Also drought-tolerant, Santa Rosa Island sage has striking magenta blooms all summer.


Create a warm-color garden by pairing desert mallow with golden-yellow flowering yarrow.

get weeds under control


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