Globemallow, a hardy plant with brilliant orange-red flowers, might be a perfect addition to a drought-tolerant garden.
So seeding globemallow along with crested wheatgrass may reduce cases of grass tetany.
Rumbaugh plans to identify and breed globemallow varieties that are most promising as forage plants.
Because globemallows bloom from spring until the first frost, they can lengthen the grazing season.
Globemallows belong to the Melvacea, or mallow, family which includes cotton, hollyhocks, and marshmallows--a pink-flowered herb from Europe, (The sticky, sweet confections of the same name originally contained ground-up marshmallow roots.
Native to North America, globemallows grow wild in the western states, from Arizona to the Canadian border, but would probably do well in many arid or semiarid environments, says Rumbaugh.
In the spring, sheep ate globemallows as readily as crested wheatgrass and alfalfa two common pasture Species, Globemallows will grow, however, where it's too dry for alfalfa, says soil scientist Henry F.
Annual and perennial forbs included Texas croton (Croton texensis), heartsepal buckwheat (Eriogonum multiflorum), annual phlox (Phlox drummondii), wooly globemallow
(Sphaeralcea lindheimeri), and whitemouth dayflower (Commelina erecta).