Plant Profile

Plant Profile

Sphaeralcea ambigua 'Louis Hamilton'
desert mallow 'Louis Hamilton'

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Desert mallow with red flowers. Appears to be a selection of Sphaeralcea ambigua but somewhat smaller at just under 3′ x 3′ and with red flowers instead or orange .  Plant out in full sun, cut back flowers when done blooming and they will regrow and flowers again. Excellent pollinator plant for bees. Also, food plant for the painted lady butterfly caterpillars.

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Plant Facts & Observations

Identification

Botanical Name

Sphaeralcea ambigua 'Louis Hamilton'

Common Name

desert mallow 'Louis Hamilton'

Origin

California Native

Characteristics

Plant Type

Shrub

Growth Rate

Fast growth rate

Mature Size

2-1/2' - 3' tall × 3' wide

Flower Color

Red

Blooming Season

Flowers year-round

Foliage

Evergreen

Wildlife Value

Bees, Butterflies

Climactic Requirements

Light

Full Sun

Water

Drought Tolerant / Occasional
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