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Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Synonyms: Butterflyweed | Pleurisy Root | Tuberroot
Perennial with deep, tuberous roots. Flowers are large clusters, orange to reddish, blooms from mid-June to mid-July. Attracts butterflies. May be poisonous to livestock. Adapted to many parts of the US. Usually in dry open soils of prairies, roadsides and waste places, upland woods. Best in full sun, well-drained sandy or gravelly soils; will endure drought well.

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

An annual to perennial that forms a tuft of basal, blue-green, finely divided leaves; flowers deep orange to pale yellow, blooms in 55 days. This is the state flower of California. Found across Washington to California; common in grassy and open places up to 6,500 feet. Very adaptable to full sun, dry to moist soils, prefers well-drained poor soils.

Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

A bushy perennial, rhizomatous; stems and leaves covered with grey hairs, leaves resemble small maple leaves; red to orange flowers appear spring and early summer, resemble miniature hollyhock flowers. Blooms late June through August. Native to cold deserts of the Southwest, UT, NV, AZ, CA and Mexico. Requires full sun, prefers well-drained, sandy soils, very drought-tolerant; avoid overwatering as it can become aggressive.

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Munro Globemallow (Sphaeralcea munroana)

A perennial with apricot-orange flowers with gray-green leaves and stems. Blooms May to August, and grows upright, vase-like shrub, to 2–4′ high and across. Prefers full sun, can grow in any well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant. It has been found to be poisonous to cattle. Established in desert plains and the high desert, rocky and disturbed areas; native to the Western US.

Scarlet Globemallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea)

Synonyms: Cowboy’s Delight / Prairie Mallow / Red False Mallow / Malva coccinea
A low, spreading perennial with deep woody taproot; saucer-shaped flowers are orange to red and in small terminal clusters; blooms May to August. Found across Manitoba south to Texas and Arizona; primarily a species of the Great Plains; semi-deserts, foothills, grasslands and prairies. Best in full sun, very drought- and grazing-tolerant, leaves falling during prolonged drought; tolerant of poor soils, hot temperatures.