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Sphaeralcea 'La Luna' - White Mallow

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: Baja California (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Sphaeralcea fulva]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Sphaeralcea 'La Luna' (White Mallow) - This gray-green foliaged shrub to 3-4 feet tall and as wide has white flowers much of the year. The shallowly-lobed, and mealy-textured leaves are held on fuzzy golden stems and at the branch ends form the 1 to 2 foot long wands of cup-shaped flowers of clear, silky white petals tinged with pink. This plant introduced by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (Accession: 91-183) originally as Sphaeralcea fulva which is an endemic to San Quinten Bay in Baja California, Mexico. It had been collected by Randy Mudge in the coastal desert scrub vegetation of Baja California del Norte, Mexico. Our plants are from Santa Barbara Botanic Garden introduction program. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant. Hardiness as yet unknown - at least to 28 F. We grew this plant from 2003 until 2007. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction PageThe information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Sphaeralcea 'La Luna'.