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Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia
gooseberry-leaved globemallow

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; south-central Washington to Nevada, east to southern Idaho and Utah.

Habitat: Sagebrush desert to low elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees


Herbaceous, erect perennial from a woody base, the stems 2-8 dm. tall, grayish-stellate throughout.


Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, the blades 2-5 cm. long, 3-parted, the lower divisions again deeply cleft.


Inflorescence an interrupted, compound raceme; calyx 5-lobed, 5-10 mm. long, with 3 linear bracteoles from the base; petals 5, deep orange-red, short-clawed, deltoid, 1.5-2 cm. long; stamens numerous, the filaments freed from the staminal tube individually; ovary superior, the carpels 8-12 in a ring around a central axis; styles equal to the number of carpels, the stigmas capitate.


Capsules 3 mm. long, 2-seeded, rough-veined and indehiscent on the lower half.

Accepted Name:
Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia (Hook. & Arn.) Rydb.
Publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 40(2): 58. 1913.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Sphaeralcea grossulariaefolia (Hook. & Arn.) Rydb., orthographic variant [HC]
Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia (Hook. & Arn.) Rydb. ssp. grossulariifolia [KZ99]
Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia (Hook. & Arn.) Rydb. var. moorei S.L. Welsh
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia information.

E-Flora BC: Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia information.

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