From Washington southeast to New Mexico and Arizona
Woodland, canyons, sagebrush plains, disturbed areas
Greyish green, ovate; larger leaves have three lobes, each divided into smaller lobes
The orange (occasionally light purple) flowers of sphaeralcea grossulariifolia form small clusters at or near the ends of the branched stems, which also bear deeply divided, curly-edged leaves reminiscent of the gooseberry and similar plants, hence the common name of gooseberry-leaved globemallow. Lobes can be relatively wide and rounded at the tip, or narrow and pointed. Flowers have five petals, overlapping a little to create a neat cup shape; at the center is a cluster of yellow-tipped stamens above a green base. Stems and leaves have a covering of very short hairs, which have a star-like structure; multiple filaments radiating from the attachment point. The plant grows taller than some similar species, which have near-identical flowers; this and the leaf shape provide the main means of identification.