Native Plants for the Intermountain West: Plant List

Gooseberry Globemallow in the Landscape


Diane Jones, Draggin' Wing Farm, Water-thrifty Plants for Idaho

Scientfic Name:  Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia
Common Name:  Gooseberry Globemallow

Description:  Red-orange flowers bloom in spring & summer. Brilliant orange flowers adorn this plant in the early summer. Grows naturally in hot and dry locations. Avoid over-watering.

Native Habitat:  Valleys to foothills in dry open sites throughout the western Intermountain region, 4,000-7,000'.

Cultural Requirement

Soil:  For best flowering grow in lean, dry soils. Tolerant of alkaline soils.

Moisture Tolerance:  Very xeric.

Sun/Shade/Preference:  Full sun.

Transplanting:  Easy.

Propagation:  Seed.

Maintenance (pruning, fertilization, deadheading, division, irrigation, etc):  Remove spent flowering stalks after to bloom to encourage re-bloom.

Insect, disease, or other problems:  None of concern.

Landscape Value

Use in the Landscape:  Valuable for profuse display of bloom in early summer, especially in very arid locations.

Foliage:  Deeply cut gray-green leaves.

Flower:  Orange flowers resemble miniature hollyhocks arrayed along tall stems.

Color:  Orange.

Form:  Loose mound of flowering stalks over woody base.

Texture:  Open, loose.

Ultimate Size:  3' x 3'

Rate of Growth:  Moderate to rapid.

Suggested Plant Partners:  Winterfat, Sagebrush, Rabbitbrush, Woolly Sunflower Availability - Available at specialty nurseries.

Availability:  Available at specialty nurseries.

Cultivars:  None.

References: 

USDA Plants Database.

Parkinson, Hilary et. al., Landscaping with Native Plants of the Intermountain Region, U.S. B.L.M. Technical Reference #1730-3, 2003, p. 11.

Blackwell, Laird R., Great Basin Wildflowers, Morris, 2006, p. 47.

Meyer, Susan et. al., Landscaping on the New Frontier, Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West, Utah State University Press, Logan, 2009, p. 170.

Mee, Wendy et. al. Waterwise, Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes, Utah State University Press, Logan 2003, p. 169.