Grown for their attractive downy leaves and bright flowers shaped like miniature hollyhocks (Alcea rosea), these upright to trailing plants have a persistent woody base with softer stems above. Colorful accent plants for hot, dry locations.
Need well-drained soil. Any more than a little water causes weedy growth and rust. Cut old stems almost to the ground before spring growth begins.Sphaeralcea ambigua
Native to Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico. Grows to 3–4 ft. tall and 2–3 ft. wide, with many stems covered in white or yellowish down. Broad, rounded gray-green leaves are crinkled and slightly lobed. Each stem bears many inch-wide flowers; usual color is glowing pink or orange, but white-flowered forms are occasionally available.
Native to Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico. Grows to 3–4 ft. tall and 2–3 ft....
Native to Arizona, western Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Densely tufted plant, similar to
Native to the desert regions of California and Southwest. Yellowish to rich green foliage. Grows to 10...