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The small edible fruits are red on the outside and yellow inside. It grows inside a husk which burst open when the fruit ripens.
Fruit is a poisonous globose berry, 0.8-1.2 inch wide, green with darker veins like a miniature watermelon, turning a dull yellow at maturity.
This woody vine has large heads of dark mauve flowers and round yellow fruit. Very ornamental, not invasive, but a fast grower. Thorny.
Sphaeralcea ambigua is cultivated as an ornamental plant by specialty plant nurseries for use in desert and drought tolerant gardens. Drought tolerant, grows well in alkaline soil. Some variations may appear with red, pink, violet or white blooms.
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction.