Botanical Name: Sphaeralcea ambigua
Common Name: Apricot Mallow  
Plant photo of: Sphaeralcea ambigua
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Orange, Pink, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Grey


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall







Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Allergenic, Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This native perennial has a relaxed sprawling form. It usually has light orange flowers but can be white, pink or purple. It starts to look rangy after flowering, so cut to 6" above ground for a fresh start. Leaves are small, grayish green, and 3 lobed. This extremely drought and soil tolerant shrub does best in full sun, even in reflected heat. This is the most drought tolerant of Sphaeralceas and the largest, with up to 100 stems from a single root. Some folks have allergic reaction to the leaves.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.