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.

Desert Mallow Overview

Genus Name Sphaeralcea ambigua
Common Name Desert Mallow
Plant Type Perennial
Light Sun
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width null to 3 feet
Flower Color Orange
Season Features Fall Bloom, Spring Bloom, Summer Bloom, Winter Bloom
Special Features Attracts Birds, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 8, 9
Propagation Division
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant

Desert Mallow Companion Plants

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.

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