|Desert Globemallows are perennial herbs
that typically grow in large clumps up to 3 feet in height at
below 3,500 feet. You will often see them on the sides of roads, along
the banks of washes or in the desert flats. The leaves are gray-green &
triangular, with three lobes and scalloped edges. They are covered
with tiny hairs (which perhaps evolved to discourage herbivores).
Leaf hairs on the globemallow are
an eye irritant, which is why they are also known as sore-eye
The plant blooms profusely in the spring and
occasionally at other times of year after wet weather. The bright orange
flowers (which occasionally come in white, pink, purple or reddish) are 1
inches in diameter, goblet shaped and grow in clusters along the upper
stems of the plant. Desert Globemallow are browsed by bighorn sheep and
the flowers often attract bees.