Sphaeralcea emoryi – Emory's Globemallow

Sphaeralcea emoryi - Emory's Globemallow, Emory's Desertmallow

Sphaeralcea emoryi - Emory's Globemallow, Emory's Desertmallow

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Sphaeralcea emoryi

Common Names: Emory's Globemallow, Emory's Desertmallow

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland

Flower Color: Orange, Orange-scarlet, Pink, Pinkish lavender

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Height: To 3 feet (91 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are 1 inch (2.5 cm) across and have 5 fan-shaped, cupped petals and yellow to reddish anthers. The flowers are typically orange, but can be other colors. The leaves have finely scalloped margins and are 3-lobed, alternate, greenish gray in color, covered in dense, fine, grayish white hair, crinkled, thickened, elongated ovate-triangular in shape with a heart-shaped base, and only moderately narrow. The stems are upright to leaning, hairy, and relatively thick. When compared to the other common globemallows found here, this plant has a grayer, rougher, cruder, more stiff-looking appearance.

The similar Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) has thinner, broader, greener, scalloped and ruffled leaves, Fendler's Globemallow (Sphaeralcea fendleri) has narrower, uncrinkled, green leaves and flowers with uncupped petals, and Caliche Globemallow (Sphaeralcea laxa) has flowers with dark maroon anthers and more delicate, uncrinkled, green leaves.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae – Mallow family
Genus: Sphaeralcea A. St.-Hil. – globemallow
Species: Sphaeralcea emoryi Torr. ex A. Gray – Emory's globemallow

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map