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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 Page Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Sphaeralcea 'La Luna'.