Indian-mallow is a woody-based perennial usually about 2-1/2' tall with either long and soft or bristly stellate hairs on the leaves and stems. The velvety leaves are 1"-2" wide, round-cordate, and very obscurely 3-lobed. The calyx lobes are acuminate and the petals are a rich yellowy-orange. The fruits are very villous. Indian-mallow is a fairly uncommon resident of dry, generally east-facing slopes up to around 2500' and occupies habits of creosote bush scrub in the Colorado Desert and adjacent Peninsular Range, extending to Arizona and northern Mexico. It blooms in April and May.