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Bruso, George H.
Sidalcea malviflora (DC.) A. Gray ex Benth.
Checkerbloom, Dwarf checker-mallow, Dwarf checkerbloom
USDA Symbol: SIMA2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This is a variable perennial species with numerous subspecies recognized throughout its range. Rhizomes bear dense tufts of dark-green, palmately lobed, fleshy leaves above which grows a flowering stalk 6-24 in. high. Pink to purple, hollyhock-like flowers line the stalk and vary in size according to subspecies. The flowers open in the morning and twist closed at night.
This plant is very variable throughout its range, and reseeds readily.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WA Native Distribution:
Coastal areas from s. OR
through CA Native Habitat:
Grassy slopes; mesas; prairies; open woods
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Moist winter/dry summer soils. Conditions Comments:
Because this plant is so variable throughout its range, it is important to use plant material native
to the area in which you will be planting. In
range, checkerblooms reseeds readily.
Most easily propagated from seed planted in the late fall. You can also divide the root crowns in the winter before the flowering stem
starts to develop. Cut the root lengthwise into 2-3 pieces and replant 8-12 in. apart. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Germination is enhanced if seeds are soaked in hot water overnight. Commercially Avail:
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || FACW |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery
- Woodburn, OR
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff