Friday, August 13, 2010

Plant of the Week

Scarlet globe mallow
Sphaeralcea coccinea (Pursh) Rydb.
other common names: false mallow, red false mallow, cowboy’s delight, prairie mallow, copper mallow, flame mallow
Sphaeralcea: from the Greek sphaira, “a sphere,” and alcea, “a mallow”; a name derived from the spherical fruit
Coccinea: meaning “scarlet”
Mallow family: Malvaceae

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

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