The bloom of apricot mallow, common to death valley, ca.
Sphaeralcea ambigua, commonly known as Desert Globemallow or Apricot Mallow, is a member of the genus Sphaeralcea in the mallow family (Malvaceae).
It is a perennial shrub native to parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona in the U.S.; and Sonora and Baja California in Northwest Mexico. It grows well in alkaline soil, both sandy or clay, usually in the company of creosote bush scrub and desert chaparral habitats, from 150 - 2,500 metres (490 - 8,200 ft) in elevation. It is found in the Mojave Desert, Great Basin deserts, and Sonoran ecosystems.
The Sphaeralcea ambigua grows to 3 feet (0.91 m) in height, and spreads to 2-3 feet (0.61-0.91 m) in width.The leaves are fuzzy, deeply lobed, and on long stems, the number of which increase with age. The fruit is a brown capsule containing numerous seeds. The flowers are apricot to orange in color and bloom in the spring.