Celebrating the nature of Iowa and the Midwest with words and images
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