The globemallow flower is a member of the Sphaeralcea species and is bright orange or red. The plant grows from three inches to five feet tall and is found in the deserts and forests of Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and California.
The globemallow root has been used to pull venom from snakebites and heal snakebites, and made into a poultice (a soft, wet mass of herbs) to be used as a cast for broken bones. The leaves may be made into a tea and used to treat sore throats, diarrhea, cracked hands, and boils. Globemallow has also been used for hair growth and to treat bronchitis, irritative cough, urinary and bladder irritation, and abscesses (collections of pus).

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Arabinogalactans, azeentliini, caliche globemallow, Carrizo Creek globemallow, copper globemallow, Coulter's globemallow, currantleaf globemallow, cutleaf globemallow, desert globemallow, Emory's globemallow, Fendler's globemallow, forb, Gierisch mallow, globe mallow, gooseberryleaf globemallow, grey globemallow, hot springs globemallow, Jane's globemallow, juniper globemallow, Latin globemallow, littleleaf globemallow, Luna County globemallow, Malvaceae (family), mucilage, Munro's globemallow, narrowleaf desertmallow, pale globemallow, palmleaf globemallow, pectin, polysaccharides, psoralea globemallow, red falsemallow, red globemallow, Rusby's globemallow, scaly globemallow, scarlet globemallow, scarlett globemallow, slippery globemallow, smallflower globemallow, soft globemallow, sore-eye poppy, spearleaf globemallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua, Sphaeralcea angustifolia, Sphaeralcea bonariensis, Sphaeralcea caespitosa, Sphaeralcea coccinea, Sphaeralcea coulteri, Sphaeralcea digitata, Sphaeralcea emoryi, Sphaeralcea gierischii, Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia, Sphaeralcea hastulata, Sphaeralcea incana, Sphaeralcea janeae, Sphaeralcea leptophylla, Sphaeralcea lindheimeri, Sphaeralcea munroana, Sphaeralcea nutans, Sphaeralcea obtusiloba, Sphaeralcea orcuttii, Sphaeralcea palmeri, Sphaeralcea paryifolia, Sphaeralcea pedatifida, Sphaeralcea philippiana, Sphaeralcea polychroma, Sphaeralcea procera, Sphaeralcea psoraloides, Sphaeralcea rusbyi, Sphaeralcea subhastata, Sphaeralcea sulphurea, Sphaeralcea wrightii, spreading globemallow, starch, tannins, thicket globemallow, tufted globemallow, whitestern globemallow, woolly globemallow, Wright's globemallow, yerba de la negrita.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.