Sphaeralcea fendleri A. Gray

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Sphaeralcea fendleri' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/sphaeralcea/sphaeralcea-fendleri/). Accessed 2022-05-25.

Other taxa in genus

    Glossary

    calyx
    (pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
    corolla
    The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
    acute
    Sharply pointed.
    apex
    (pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
    bloom
    Bluish or greyish waxy substance on leaves or fruits.
    calyx
    (pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
    cuneate
    Wedge-shaped.
    emarginate
    Notched at the apex.
    inflorescence
    Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
    linear
    Strap-shaped.
    ovate
    Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
    petiole
    Leaf stalk.
    stellate
    Star-shaped.

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    Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

    Recommended citation
    'Sphaeralcea fendleri' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/sphaeralcea/sphaeralcea-fendleri/). Accessed 2022-05-25.

    A perennial with a woody base, its annual stems, leaves, inflorescence-axes and calyx all clad with stellate hairs. Leaves oblong-ovate to broadly ovate, up to 2 in. long, acute at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, sparsely toothed and mostly shallowly three-lobed; petiole up to 1 in. long. Flowers produced in summer and autumn in the upper leaf-axils, solitary or up to six together in a cymose cluster, on stalks up to 1 in. long; bracteoles linear, in whorls of three beneath each flower. Calyx with narrowly triangular lobes. Corolla about 1 in. wide, with five reddish orange obovate emarginate petals. Staminal column downy, about 14 in. long, bearing numerous anthers. Bot. Mag., n.s., t. 140.

    Native of the south-western USA and N. Mexico. A very striking species, useful for its long period of bloom from mid-summer into autumn. It is one of those many plants that in our climate come near to being herbaceous perennials, yet are too tender for the conventional herbaceous border and need a favoured position such as the foot of a sunny wall. Even if the stems survive the winter they should be shortened to near the base in spring. Propagated by cuttings of the young shoots.