Checkerbloom, miniature hollyhock

FAMILY: Malvaceae | GENUS: SIDALCEA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7

Plant Details

All are grown for clusters of five-petaled flowers like little hollyhocks (Alcea). Plants described here range from erect to sprawling; leaves are typically dark green, roundish to kidney-shaped, about 3 inches across. Basal leaves are shallowly lobed, stem leaves more deeply cut. Provide good drainage. Divide clumps every few years in spring or fall.

checker- bloom

sidalcea candida

  • Native to High Plains.
  • To 23 feet high, spreading by rhizomes to 112 feet wide.
  • Unbranched stems bear bluish green leaves to 8 inches across.
  • Crowded spikes of white, 1 inches flowers in midsummer.

sidalcea hybrids

  • Most sidalceas grown in gardens are hybrids involving S.candida, Sidalcea malviflora, and Sidalcea oregana (a species native to much of the western U.S.).
  • They form clumps to about 2 feet wide and bear 112- to 2 inches flowers; bloom all summer if deadheaded.
  • Popular choices include 3 feet 'Elsie Heugh', with fringed pale pink flowers; 212 feet 'Loveliness' (shell-pink); 2- to 3 feet 'Party Girl' (deep pink); 3 feet 'Rosanna' (deep purplish pink); and 3 feet 'William Smith' (salmon-tinted, deep rose-pink).
  • Little Princess is compact at just 1115 inches tall and about as wide; its profuse flowers are soft pink.

sidalcea malviflora

  • Native to Oregon, California, Baja California.
  • May grow erect to 2 feet high and wide; or may sprawl and spread more widely by rooting at the nodes.
  • Pink or purplish pink, 2 inches flowers in early spring.
  • Moderate water.

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