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Sphaeralcea angustifolia   (Cav. ) G. Don  subsp. cuspidata  (A. Gray ) Kearney
Comanche County, Kansas, Photo by Phyllis Scherich
Height: 1-4 feet
Family: Malvaceae - Mallow Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June, July, August
Stems: Spreading to erect, stout, simple or somewhat branched, leafy, densely covered with star-shaped hairs.
Leaves: Alternate, lowest long-stalked, others short-stalked, oblong-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 2 to 4 inches long, 1/4 to 1 inch wide, firm; margins toothed with shallow, rounded teeth.
Inflorescences: Panicle, compact, many-flowered, conspicuously leafy; flowers clustered in leaf axils.
Flowers: 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide; stalk stout, shorter than calyx; calyx 1/5 to 2/5 inch long, 5-lobed; lobes lanceolate to triangular; tips pointed; petals 5, 1/4 to 3/4 inch long, color variable, red, orange, or salmon, often drying violet; tip notched; stamen column half to nearly as long as petals; carpels 10-15.
Fruits: Capsule, egg-shaped to ellipsoid, 1-3-seeded, star-shaped hairy or nearly glabrous; seeds kidney-shaped.
Habitat: Waste areas and roadsides; sandy or rocky, limestone or gypsum soils.
Distribution: Southwest 1/4 of Kansas.
Uses: The Kiowa decorated their homes with narrowleaf globe mallow flowers.

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Comanche County, Kansas, Photo by Phyllis Scherich
Narrowleaf globe mallow
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Comanche County, Kansas, Photo by Phyllis Scherich