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Scarlet Globemallow


Mallow Family : Malvaceae

Latin Name : Sphaeralcea coccinea
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – good
Livestock – good

Remarks :

Growth 4 to 14 inches tall, flowers May to August. Readily consumed by wildlife and livestock. Said to contain high levels of vitamin A. This plant is very drought resistant, loses most of its leaves before dry weather begins. Native Americans consumed scarlet globemallow roots during periods of food shortage. The Cheyenne made a tea of ground roots, stems and leaves to mix with other medicines to make them more palatable. The Comanche used a scarlet globemallow infusion to treat swellings and the Dakota chewed the plant and applied it as a salve for wounds and sores. Adapted to dry open prairies with sandy or gravelly soils.

Source: USDA-NRCS

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