Scarlet Globemallow Blooming (Spharalcea coccinea)

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

a month.

Scarlet Globemallow

Scarlet Globemallow

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.

 

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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