Sphaeralcea munroana

Munro's Globe Mallow

Sphaeralcea munroana, Munro's Globe Mallow View Larger Image

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Orange Globe Mallow brings a blast of bright orange to the mid-summer garden. A xeric perennial native to the Great Basin of the Western US, this rugged plant thrives in the most challenging hot, sunny dry garden conditions. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Less than 10", 10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
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SKU HBLK9XX

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36-42" tall x 24" wide (seed propagated). Orange Globe Mallow is a welcome sight in midsummer when the heat has driven most other flowers out of bloom. Sphaeralcea's long wands of orange flowers resemble miniature hollyhocks. A deep-rooted wildflower native to the western U.S., Orange Globe Mallow is not the least bit picky about its soil and thrives in heavy clay. Cut last year's stems back to ground level each spring for best appearance. Plant amongst Callirhoe, another clay lover, for a great summer color combination.

Associated SKUs
HBLK9XX
HBLK921 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
91940 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
91940F (Plant - Flat of 18)
Common Name Munro's Globe Mallow
Botanical Name Sphaeralcea munroana
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 36-42" tall
Mature Spread 24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10", 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Western Only, Hot Desert, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Sphaeralcea munroana (Orange Globe Mallow) - native to arid areas of the Great Basin in western North America. Very resistant to browsing deer and rabbits.

Preferred growing conditions
  • Plant in most soil types, including dry clay. Position in a full sun location.
  • Mulch with gravel.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, only occasional deep watering is needed when conditions are dry in the heat of summer.
  • Deadheading will not extend flowering. But, Sphaeralcea likes to re-seed itself, so deadheading will reduce unwanted seedling volunteers.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum
  • Special comments
  • Leave standing over the winter. Cut back to just above ground level in mid-spring. Pinch the tips of new stem growth to thicken the plant with more stems and flowers later in the growing season.
  • Plants will sometimes sucker and spread too widely for their space. Dig suckers in early to mid-spring and discard.
  • Some people are sensitive to minute, prickly hairs on stems and leaves; if so, use gloves when working with these plants.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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3.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Healthy (9)
  • Hardy (7)
  • Accurate instructions (6)

Cons

  • Small in size (3)

Best Uses

  • Garden (12)
  • Outdoors (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Getting started (3)
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    • Personal (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful, Native and Unique

Sweet and small (usually not more than 24 or so inches tall) attractive, native plant with equally interesting and unusual foliage and flowers. Nearly IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL in our extremely hostile, compacted,...Read complete review

Sweet and small (usually not more than 24 or so inches tall) attractive, native plant with equally interesting and unusual foliage and flowers. Nearly IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL in our extremely hostile, compacted, abused and neglected high desert southwestern landscape (we live near the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Kanab, Utah). We have extreme wind conditions, nutrient poor "soil" that is really just disintegrated sandstone, and our winters can get below zero.
We never water and have done all kinds of horrible things to this plant including mowing it and even accidentally trying to uproot it. It is an extremely reliable perennial and seems to be in bloom the entire growing season. It is the first to flower and one of the last to give up on summer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very bright orange

They were tiny 2.5" plants when they arrived. I kept faith and planted them right away. They all got devoured by the deer in the neighborhood. One died, the others have...Read complete review

They were tiny 2.5" plants when they arrived. I kept faith and planted them right away. They all got devoured by the deer in the neighborhood. One died, the others have survived and grown back well. Now that they are more mature the deer are less interested. The plant is a grey/green, the flowers are a lovely orange. Really bright and cheerful. They plants are sort of a floppy structure, not standing up nicely like I'd hoped.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

after 5 years....

By 

from east slope, co

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

      LOVE THIS PLANT, we ordered this from High Country gardens at least five years ago. It's been a maintenance free performer in our dry hard packed clay soil. We live at 7000 ft on a hot, dry, and windy ridge in zone 5b. Even in droughts, once established, no watering has been necessary. The plant has also given us several nice seedlings over the years.

       
      5.0

      Love this plant!

      By 

      from Auburn, CA

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

        Planted in desert landscape with 6-12 inches of sand and pea gravel. With nearly constant rain this (55in.) it is doing just fine

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I rely on this lil beauty for tough spots

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        from Denver CO

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

            I purchased this variety of globe mallow for this very xeric rating. I purchased one 6 years ago and another last year -- both from HCG. I use it in zone 3 in my yard, as well as, on a corner next to concrete walkways. Its a tough lil' guy and blossoms reliably. I really don't ever water it -- even up here in CO. Its just what I needed to brighten up a lot of purples and leafy items which are other very xeric species I rely upon in these hot, dry areas.

            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            One Difficult Plant

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            from Santa Fe, NM

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                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                I have had several of these plants over the years, and none lasted too long. So I thought I try my luck with 2 more. Both died within a month. The plants arrived with hardly any root structure. You see cousins of this plant growing unattended along the roadside,so you think that the more refined version would grow in your garden. But I have had no luck with them. I suggest digging up the wild untamed guys along the road and planting them in your yard. That is what I did, and it has been growing fine for the past two years. However, the color of the wild plants is no match for the color of the store bought plant (which I saw long ago) if you can get it to develop.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gorgeous!

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                from Colorado Springs, CO

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Healthy

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                I purchased three Munro's Globe Mallow for a new flower bed that receives full-sun. I followed the planting instructions, and couldn't be happier with the results; they have already quintupled in size, and are blooming beautifully! 1 1/2 weeks ago we had a devastating hail storm that cut one of them to the ground, it is already rebounding with new growth. I would suggest leaving them staked for awhile as they are sensitive to high winds.

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                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful, Native and Unique

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                from Kanab, Utah

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Unusual
                • Xeric

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dry Hot Land
                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors
                  • Unwatered Spaces

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                  Sweet and small (usually not more than 24 or so inches tall) attractive, native plant with equally interesting and unusual foliage and flowers. Nearly IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL in our extremely hostile, compacted, abused and neglected high desert southwestern landscape (we live near the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Kanab, Utah). We have extreme wind conditions, nutrient poor "soil" that is really just disintegrated sandstone, and our winters can get below zero.
                  We never water and have done all kinds of horrible things to this plant including mowing it and even accidentally trying to uproot it. It is an extremely reliable perennial and seems to be in bloom the entire growing season. It is the first to flower and one of the last to give up on summer.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Very bright orange

                  By 

                  from Santa Rosa, CA

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Attractive

                  Cons

                  • Small In Size

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                  They were tiny 2.5" plants when they arrived. I kept faith and planted them right away. They all got devoured by the deer in the neighborhood. One died, the others have survived and grown back well. Now that they are more mature the deer are less interested. The plant is a grey/green, the flowers are a lovely orange. Really bright and cheerful. They plants are sort of a floppy structure, not standing up nicely like I'd hoped.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  reminds me of hollyhocks

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                  from Saint Cloud Minnesota

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Indoors

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                    I live in Minnesota and have a lot of hollyhocks in my yard.They are very cold hardy and come up every year. Bought this a couple years ago because it reminded me of hollyhocks,and I wanted the color orange since Hollyhocks do not come in that color.I was expecting it larger, but it is a mini size of a holly hock which i think would make a cute potted plant. It grew well here in MN during the summer. I just planted it outside in the yard. Of course it gets too cold here in MN so eventually died. Thinking of getting another one this year and this time I will do it as a potted plant then let it go dormant in my basement during the winter and see how that goes. My basement gets down to 40's in the winter. I do that for my cactus plants and it works out great.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Rewarding and Beautiful

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                    from Denver, CO

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Hell Strip
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                      This is a really nice plant, tough and resilient with beautiful orange flowers. It blooms and blooms. The only "but" is that it cannot tolerate much water. I had this plant for 4 years in my xeric garden and it did reall well until last spring when we had constant rain for two weeks. I think if it had been in a better drained place it might have survived. I do recommend it even so. I intend to buy another and plant it in a better place.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Prolific bloomer, and easy to grow.

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                      from Salt Lake City, Utah

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                      Pros

                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                        I planted these in part sun/shade at the ridge of well drained, rocky, steep, North facing terrain. I watered a few times to establish, and they are three year old shrubs now 2 ft tall. They bloom much of the year, and attract iridescent green native Agapostemon bees, as well as many others. They are slow to self seed.
                        After year one, I have not watered once. We get 20" or so on the first bench of the foothills.

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                        1.0

                        Can't say anything; specimen died abruptly after a few days.

                        By 

                        from Encinitas, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Liked The Description

                        Cons

                        • Didn't Tolerate Shipping

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                          It seemed vigorous and growing for several weeks, then weakened and died.

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Orange Globe Mallow

                          By 

                          from Pahrump NV

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Died Immediately
                            • Small In Size

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden

                            Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                            Planted this as soon as it arrived and it died immediately. These plants grow wild in our soil, but I didn't want to disrupt the "wild" to transplant one. I was so pleased when I found this in the catalog.

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                            5.0

                            What a delightful surprise...

                            By 

                            from Susanville, CA

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                              Only second season and it's tall and full of blooms…at top of hill agains a wall and really is already beginning to define space...

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                              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              Not for my area

                              By 

                              from Fort Washington, MD

                              About Me Professional Landscaper

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy
                                • Pests & Disease
                                • Small In Size

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                                The beautiful photos and description prompted me to try this plant, but it is definitely not suited to my area near Washington, DC. Flowers were few, it did not like our humidity, and it suffered from rust. One survived our past winter. It is blooming in late May. I love the color of the flowers, but the plant is very sparse.

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                                3.0

                                Hanging in there

                                By 

                                from Lake Havasu, AZ

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                                Pros

                                • Attractive

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                                    I love globe mallow. It grows here in the desert along the highways and is in full bloom right now. I bought this plant with the hopes that I could have a globe mallow in my yard like I see on the highway. It is slowly growing and I hope to have flowers on it soon.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    A Little Toughie

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                                    from Placerville, CA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Drought tolerant

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow To Get Started

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Garden
                                    • Outdoors

                                    Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                                    I planted this plant in a tough spot - hot and pretty dry, and though we had a very hot, dry summer, it hung in there, and even bloomed a little. It's just starting to come back this year, and doesn't look like much yet, but the fact that it's returning is a testament to it's fortitude.

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