Friday, September 7, 2018

I love mallows (plus a surprise)

 Narrowleaf globemallow (Sphaeralcea angustifolia), Blanco County
 Velvet-leaf mallow (Allowissadula holosericea), Wildflower Center's October 2014 native plant sale.
Narrowleaf globemallow (Sphaeralcea angustifolia), Brewster County
Indian mallow (Abutilon incanum), Medina County

A funny thing happened on the way to this blog post....I had assumed this plant to be a globemallow. In fact, some months ago I'd even given it its own garden label to that effect. Recently I posted the above image to iNaturalist, hoping to confirm my plant's ID. In the meantime, I nosed around and figured out that this "globemallow" is actually a showy fanpetals (Sida lindheimeri), which is a globemallow cousin. Where did it come from? I wish I knew. I pulled it as a seedling from the sand in our brick patio last year (or the year before?) and relocated it to its present flower bed.  
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For the record, we had a gray globemallow (Sphaeralcea incana) that we bought from the Wildflower Center, but it died. Sniff. I still miss it. It was so pretty.

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