Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 40: 58. 1913.
Plants perennial, rhizomatous. Stems 3–6, ascending or decumbent, light green to grayish, 1–3(–5) dm, stellate- green. Flowers: sepals 5–10 mm; petals red-orange, 5–20 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps flattened spheric-conic; mericarps 10–14, 3–3.5 × 2.5–3 mm, thick, coriaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 10–35% of height, muticous, indehiscent part usually wider than dehiscent part. Seeds 1 per mericarp, gray to black, ± glabrous.
Alta., B.C., Man., Sask., Ariz., Colo., Idaho, Iowa, Kans., Mont., N.Dak., N.Mex., Nebr., Okla., S.Dak., Tex., Utah, Wyo., n Mexico.
Varieties 2 (2 in the flora).
Sphaeralcea coccinea is variable; it is one of the first sphaeralceas to bloom and is commonly found on roadsides.