I saw my first Scarlet Globemallow bloom of the season. I have a lot of these little flowers, and a lot of their first cousins Narrowleaf Globemallow (Spharalcea angustifolia), which won’t bloom for at least
These are hardy llittle flowers, nothing New Mexico has thrown it’sway deters it. To be honest, I pull the occasional competitor away from them if I notice a problem.
After watching it bloom for 6 months or so, I will harvest the leaves for drying. This has been my hair rinse for 4 years now. I steep the leaves overnight by putting a few leaves in a cup and pour boiling water over them. In the morning I add a little warm water and rinse through my hair after shampooing. Sometimes I rinse with clean water but usually leave it on my hair because I like the body and wave it adds to my hair.
Scarlet Globemallow is a good poultice for burns, wounds, and other skin problems. Add to any salve for its healing properties. As a tea it can hheal gastrointestinal problems.
Scarlet Globemallow loves hot dry conditions where other things die out and I have plenty of places like that. It is sold in the market economy as Yerba de la Negrita, as a hair and skin tonic. It is a good one.