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Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) 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).
Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) 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. 36-42" tall x 24" wide (seed propagated).
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(based on 23 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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.
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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I love this plant!
from Santa Fe, NM
About Me Avid Gardener
Comments about High Country Gardens Sphaeralcea munroana:
I love the ease of this plant. In Santa Fe we have a lot of sunshine and not a lot of water. The Mallow seems to love both - very easy to establish, and the orange flowers and silvery stems add a unique color to my garden. We've had a couple of nights with temp below 20* and it's still hanging in there. Can't wait for spring to see how it kicks into high gear.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Versatile plant in my Waterwise garden
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This plant has performed happily in both a garden that gets watered weekly and another garden that gets no water during the summer. The exception was for getting established. In the garden with weekly watering, the Globe Mallow was upright, while in the no-water area, it spread on the ground. Both bloomed profusely until nighttime temps hit the mid-thirties. The contrast between the soft orange flowers and grey green foliage was gorgeous. And yes, we have drought conditions in the summer when our clay soils get rock hard in the NW!
from southern Colorado
planted in very harsh conditions: steep hillside that does not allow for mulch, no extra care after the 1st few weeks, high altitude (6200') and a dry environment (southern Colo)
Quality product. Well suited for my area (zone 8).
from Onyx, CA
Planted in our yard. Requires minimum attention.
Survives and thrives in hot west sun with adobe clay
from Oakland, CA
This lovely mallow succeeds in adobe clay west facing urban garden. I was hesitant to try it in the heavy clay, thinking it would rot out. There is a drip irrigation system but no emitters directly on the mallows. All came back after a very wet winter, the orange flowers last from spring to fall with dead heading attracting lots of pollinators.
Establishes quickly, lots of flowers!
By All Thing Bright and Beautiful
from Meridian, ID
I purchased three of these this past spring and placed them on the south side of our house in our front yard. They get full sun and extremely little irrigation - they really bake during our very dry, hot summers. All three established themselves very quickly and began blooming almost immediately. Nearly lost one - went down to a single twig but with just a little water to help support it, it rebounded in no time and it is almost as big as the other two again. They've probably grown about 1 ft. this year and are still flowering profusely months later. The only "down side" is that after flowering they tend to flop over, but new branches grow rapidly from the middle creating a nice mounding effect over time. The leaves are large and the orange flowers are bright and cheerful.
Tough plant that re-sows itself.
from Burns, OR
never had a problem growing these and they spread easily since they produce a lot of seed. so expect a lot of new starts after a few years and these new plants transplant easily when small. In the shipments a couple plants were pretty tiny upon arrival and wasn't sure they'd make it, but with a little watering for a month or so the first year and planted free from competition they are tough and get growing quickly. Our old place had a silt-clay soil and our newer place has a sandy-loam soil. plants have done well at both locations. mature plants in some years do not need supplemental water unless you want to keep them green through fall.
after 5 years....
By Hauling water
from east slope, co
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.
Love this plant!
from Auburn, CA
Planted in desert landscape with 6-12 inches of sand and pea gravel. With nearly constant rain this (55in.) it is doing just fine
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I rely on this lil beauty for tough spots
By Ann Ann
from Denver CO
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.
(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
One Difficult Plant
By the professor
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Good Day,We are so sorry to hear about your experience with this perennial! We are not sure what might have caused this plant to struggle but please know that we are truly committed to your success and satisfaction. We strongly encourage you to give us a call at your earliest convenience to discuss what you can do to get the results you paid for. Our gardening experts are here to help 6 days a week! We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped. We can be reached at 1-800-925-9387 Our hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm and Saturday 7am - 3pm MTHappy Gardening!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Colorado Springs, CO
About Me Getting Started
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.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
from Kanab, Utah
from Santa Rosa, CA
reminds me of hollyhocks
from Saint Cloud Minnesota
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.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Rewarding and Beautiful
from Denver, CO
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.
Prolific bloomer, and easy to grow.
from Salt Lake City, Utah
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.
Can't say anything; specimen died abruptly after a few days.
from Encinitas, CA
It seemed vigorous and growing for several weeks, then weakened and died.
Merchant response: We do appreciate your honest feedback on the Sphaeralcea Munroana. We have found these to be rugged plants that thrive in many garden conditions, our apologies that was not your experience. We would never want you to pay for something that you didn't have a chance to enjoy and that is why we have our 100% guarantee. We truly want our customers to be successful with our products and pleased with our customer service. As no contact information was provided with your review, please contact us at your convenience so that we may assist you with a solution. Happy Gardening!
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Orange Globe Mallow
from Pahrump NV
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.
Merchant response: We appreciate your feedback on the Sphaeralcea Munroana and we certainly apologize that these have not been successful. Please keep in mind that we truly want our customers to be satisfied with our products as well as pleased with our customer service. Our guarantee is for one year from the ship date and we are always happy to honor that for you, if anything fails to grow or you are not satisfied for any reason just contact us and we will work with you towards a suitable resolution. Happy Gardening!
What a delightful surprise...
from Susanville, CA
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...
Not for my area
By Embassy Gardener
from Fort Washington, MD
About Me Professional Landscaper
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.
Merchant response: Good Day Embassy Gardener,We are so sorry to hear the Globe Mallow did not thrive in your garden. This particular species is not recommended for growing in the eastern region of the country. This perennial thrives in hot, dry weather and tends to suffer if exposed to humidity. This is indicated by the cowboy hat symbol for western only. We sincerely apologize if this was not made clear when you purchased this. However, please know that we are truly committed to your success and your satisfaction. We offer a 100% guarantee on all of our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped. We encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience to go over your options so you can get the results you paid for!Happy Gardening!
Hanging in there
from Lake Havasu, AZ
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.
A Little Toughie
from Placerville, CA
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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