Sphaeralcea coccinea (Nutt.) Rydb.
scarlet globe-mallow (scarlet globemallow)
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Ian Gardiner     (Photo ID #24343)


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Distribution of Sphaeralcea coccinea
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Species Information

Perennial herb from spreading rhizomes; stems erect to ascending, branched, 10-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, the blades 2-5 cm long, 3-5 parted to the midvein, divisions lobed, upper surface yellowish-green, lower surface grey, the stalks more or less equal to the leaves, shorter above; stipules deciduous.
Inflorescence of few to many flowers in short, terminal, bracted clusters on stalks shorter than the calyces; petals 5, orange-red, 1-2 cm long; calyces without bracts.
Carpels, 3 mm long, 9-17, strongly hairy on the back, prominently net-veined on the sides; seeds 1.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Summer to Fall
Source:  The USDA

Habitat and Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands and forest openings in the steppe and lower montane zones; rare in SC and SE BC; E to MB and S to IA, TX, UT and OR.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia