Plant Spotting: Globemallow
Sphaeralcea parvifolia A. Nels.
Sphaeralcea ambigua subsp. rugosa
Sphaeralcea ambigua var. rugosa
Globemallow is a small, native, perennial forb. It grows to between 20 and 100 cm, with leaves roughly 15-50 cm growing off of stems coming from a thick, woody crown with large roots. The flowers emerge between April and November, and are often bright in color. Globemallow is found on dry, open slopes and mesas, from 4,000 to 7,000 feet in elevation. Researchers determine that this species is “abundant in north-central and northern Arizona.” It is a decent forage, but more beneficial for native pollinators. Likewise, it has been used for sores, cuts, and wounds, along with handling constipation and treating broken bones when chewed or boiled with cactus root.