Sphaeralcea munroana

Munro's Globe Mallow

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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
Native
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 91940

Details

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 - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
91940 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
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 Native
Ideal Region Western Only, Hot Desert, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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3.2

(based on 11 reviews)

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64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (8)
  • Outdoors (4)
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    • Personal (10)

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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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

      By 

      from Santa Fe, NM

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        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 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!

          By 

          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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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful, Native and Unique

          By 

          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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Rewarding and Beautiful

              By 

              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

                  Plant died within a week of arrival

                  By 

                  from Encinitas, CA

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Would Like To Try Again

                  Cons

                  • Specimen Quality Poor

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:

                    Looked interesting from website description but my specimen was faulty and I can't comment.

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                    1.0

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

                    By 

                    from Encinitas, CA

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    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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                      • Personal

                      (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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