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Sidalcea neomexicana

Sidalcea neomexicana A. Gray

Prairie Mallow, Rocky Mountain Checker-mallow, Salt Spring Checkerbloom

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)


USDA Symbol: SINE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This perennial’s rhizomes bear dense, 6 in. wide tufts of dark-green, palmately lobed leaves above which grows a flowering stalk 3 ft. high. Showy, mauve-colored, hollyhock-like flowers line the stalk. Many deep pink flowers crowded in narrow, leaning sprays top the leafy stems.

The many checker-mallows with pink flowers, from coastal marshes to moderate elevations in the mountains, are difficult to distinguish and differentiated only by technical characteristics.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , NE , NM , NV , OR , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: E.c. OR to WY, s. to CA, NM & Mex.
Native Habitat: Wet meadows; stream banks; alkaline seeps; 5000-9500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist to wet, alkaline soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Propagate by division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

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 Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sidalcea neomexicana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sidalcea neomexicana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sidalcea neomexicana


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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