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Desert Mallow

Sphaeralcea ambigua

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.

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From 1 to 8 feet

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To 3 feet wide

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how to grow Desert mallow

plant Desert mallow with

Feathery cassia
Complement the upright nature of desert mallow with the rounded form of feathery cassia.
Santa Rosa Island sage
Also drought-tolerant, Santa Rosa Island sage has striking magenta blooms all summer.
Yarrow
Create a warm-color garden by pairing desert mallow with golden-yellow flowering yarrow.
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