Red Globe Mallow Seeds

Red Globe Mallow
Red Globe Mallow

I absolutely love this shrub.  It flowers for me fall through spring.  Normally, Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) is seen with orange flowers.  However, there are some varieties that produce red, purple, pink, white or coral flowers.  

Red Globe Mallow

I have posted about this native desert plant previously and you can read more here if you like. 

This fall, I harvested seeds from my Red Globe Mallow and I would like to offer some to those of you who are kind enough to read my blog.

Please keep in mind that Globe Mallow is native to the southwestern regions of the United States and therefore is used to a somewhat dry climate with warmer winters.  I have also listed the following for you to look over in order to help you decide if Globe Mallow will grow and thrive where you live:

– Globe Mallow are hardy to approximately 20 degrees F.

– They grow to approximately 3′ x 3′.

-Globe Mallow require full sun – no shade.

-They are extremely drought-tolerant, so should not be located in a wet area. 

-Globe Mallow attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies.

-Does best without fertilizer.

Red Globe Mallow

My Red Globe Mallow is located nearby some pink and white varieties as well, ( I don’t have any seeds from these yet), and cross-pollination does occur.  So, some of the seeds may produce Globe Mallow shrubs that produce flowers other then red.   And so…be prepared for a surprise ;^)

Obviously, I don’t have enough seeds to give to everyone.  So, I will send seeds to the first 10 people who request them.  Be sure to leave a comment and then email me your address using the email link on my blog.

I can’t wait to share the seeds with you.  This plant is extremely easy to start from seed and I am always pulling out volunteers that come up all over my garden.

I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
36 replies
  1. Susan B.
    Susan B. says:

    Oh, I would love some seeds. I live in Glendale, AZ and when I moved to the house I am in now there was no landscaping, just grass. We are starting to work on it.

    Susan B

  2. Edith Hope
    Edith Hope says:

    Dear Noelle, What a very kind and generous offer. Sadly, I am unable to accommodate this very attractive shrub and, also, I fear that it probably would not survive in the conditions of my garden. I am sure that lots of people will be delighted to take up your gift.

  3. jodi (bloomingwriter)
    jodi (bloomingwriter) says:

    Not something that would grow here, Noelle, but I'm sure enjoying yours! And your header is just gorgeous right now…just bursting with colour and fun. Reminds me I should change mine…

  4. NellJean
    NellJean says:

    What a gracious offer! I hope other desert gardeners will take advantage.

    I'm thinking it would survive the temperatures here, but the humidity would do it in, which is why we have 'Texas Star Hibiscus' which is really a Georgia native and you have Globe Mallow — mallows enough for all.

  5. camissonia
    camissonia says:

    Hi Noelle,
    Looking forward to trying out those seeds. Would you direct sow them in the ground (I have decomposed granite on my site, which I amend with sand & cactus mix for desert plantings, or would it be better to start them off in seed flats?

  6. Ami
    Ami says:

    That is very nice of you to offer the seeds! I would love to have some seeds since I do have a area in my garden that will get full florida sun. The only thing I am not certain is if it can survive in humidity of Florida. If you think it worth a try, I would definetly love to try this out! Thanks again!

  7. lostlandscape (James)
    lostlandscape (James) says:

    I'm in the coastal zone here and this mallow does pretty well for me, away from the desert, so it seems like a pretty adaptable plant. That said, we're still pretty dry and I definitely don't give the plant much in the way of water. Maybe that'll encourage some people in somewhat less than ideal locations to give it a try.

    I think you'll makes some people really happy by sharing its seeds!

  8. Kyna
    Kyna says:

    That stuff looks awesome! Wish I lived in the Southwest 🙂 It occasionally dips below 20F here, and it's very wet, which I don't know matters with that plant. It's very nice of you to offer seeds from your plant to everyone, though! 🙂

  9. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Hi Noelle
    That's a lovely shrub and offer and I would love to try some seeds.I have a US post address in Miami that courier's my stuff down for me every week, so you won't have to pay extra postage. If by any chance you have any cascalote seeds-I havae been longing after your tree.

  10. Christine Hyatt
    Christine Hyatt says:

    Hi Noelle, How lovely to offer to share the seeds. I would love to try this plant in my Scottsdale garden-in-progress. I'm ordering seeds right now, so this is perfect timing. Thanks, Christine

  11. Meredith
    Meredith says:

    Gorgeous plant, Noelle, and you're so generous with your seeds. I'd sign up to try it if I thought it would survive our heavy humidity and poor-draining clay and occasional extreme cold… but alas, I think it wouldn't like it much. We rarely go below 20, but it does happen a few times a year, without fail.

  12. Lim Family
    Lim Family says:

    Ooooh that would be awesome, I have been so into gardening and landscaping for the first time ever over the winter here in Phoenix and love reading your blog and other gardening blogs to get ideas! We went to the Farm after your blog on it and I loved it!

  13. Msrobin
    Msrobin says:

    Your new header is gorgeous! I won't ask for any seeds, they aren't hardy here, but I do enjoy looking at how lovely they are in your photos.

  14. Evelyn Howard
    Evelyn Howard says:

    What beautiful blooms. The red one is stunning, while the pink and red is really really sweet. The bee seems to be stuck there…

    3'x3' – will definitely extend way, way, way out of my balcony… thanks, Ev

  15. says:

    Thank you for your kind comments!

    For those of you who requested seeds, I will be sending them out this week. You can sow them directly into the soil. They should be easy to grow, but will require supplemental water.

  16. grower
    grower says:

    I live in Sardinia, a mediterranea island (as you know!) with long dry seasons and a lot of areas very similar to desert, many xerophic plants here live among rocks.
    i'm an agronomist and i grow Sphaeralcea munroana, I'd like to grow Globe mellow and I'd be glad if you could send me some seeds.
    i like very much your blog,it's very original with all its unknown plants.
    Marcello (grower)

  17. camissonia
    camissonia says:

    Hi Noelle – got the seeds in the mail today! Can't wait to get them planted this weekend. Will keep you posted on their progress. Thanks so much!

  18. Christine
    Christine says:

    Saw the orange variety when driving down the Death Valley Rd last spring and was immediately enchanted. I have the feeling they'd stick their noses up at our fog, much like my (former) Salvia apiana.

  19. bloominrs
    bloominrs says:

    So beautiful! 20 degrees- I guess that explains why my 'Louis Hamilton' didn't overwinter. I'll have to ask my sis if her ambigua is still alive this winter.

    Now I'm off to check out your older globemallow post!

  20. Mammy/Grammy Lo/Snookums
    Mammy/Grammy Lo/Snookums says:

    I've been trying to find orange globemallow seeds to buy online and even went to Native Seeds here in Tucson, but never considered trying a nursery. Duh! We prefer the orange, but that red is wonderful, too. In fact from your pictures, all the colors are lovely. We are just getting started with the landscaping of our place way out in the desert near Kitt Peak. We have 30% of our land in natural open space. The the farther from the house, the wilder it is. I would like to use the globemallow as a kind of border similar to what we see (especially this year) along Ajo Hwy. If you have any seeds of any color left I would love to have a few. In the meantime, I'll start haunting the likely suspects here in Tucson. Thanks, Lo Parr.

  21. Bob O'D
    Bob O'D says:

    I live about 6080 feet altitude in NM. The tall orange and red globe mallow readily survived the -9 F temperature this past winter. Today, I bought a red globe mallow, Louis Hamilton, and wonder if its similarly hardy. My birds of paradis didn't make it!

  22. azplantlady
    azplantlady says:

    Hi Bob,

    Your Louis Hamilton should do just as well as the regular Globe Mallow. I can just imagine how beautiful your garden is with your blooming Globe Mallow.

    So sorry about your Bird of Paradise. So far, mine are okay 🙂

  23. Gary Hunt
    Gary Hunt says:

    Hi Noelle
    I am starting a large cactus garden with many desert and drought tolerant plants and flowers. My tortoises will love to nip at the mallows once I get them pretty established. Your beautiful flowers will be a great addition

  24. Mary Schillinger
    Mary Schillinger says:

    AZ Plant Lady,

    I just watched the video of your plants in your front and back yards. I was very impressed. Then when I saw the hot pink Globe Mallow plant – I was in love. Ha Ha

    I was wondering – if you could direct me where I might find the plant – or if I could purchase some seeds from you.

    Prior to your video – I thought the only color was peach.

    Thanks so much.

  25. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    I would love some seed for the red globe mallow. Please let me know how to send you a prepaid addressed envelope if still available. Thanks!
    Love the sharing you do through your website – much appreciated!

  26. says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Unfortunately, I don’t have any red glove mallow seeds. I should have some next spring once my globe mallow plants bloom again. Please reach out to me around that time and I should have some by then. 🙂


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