Sidalcea malviflora

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Sidalcea malviflora
Sidalcea malviflora
Sidalcea malviflora

Species Name: Sidalcea malviflora
Common Name: Checkerbloom

This compact perennial adds a woodsy effect to a perennial border. Also nice in a meadow. Disappears in late summer, but returns with the first rains.

Plant Family: Malvaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Low, compact
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: California Floristic Province, Baja
Natural Habitat: Generally open dry places in forest or scrub below 7200'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A most interesting plant, which throws up several stems from a woody crown, bearing large rose-pink flowers. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.