Cut flowers and butterflies!
Hiking through Western foothills in mid-summer is a magical experience. From a distance the terrain looks covered in tawny, dry brush but as you hike through it you realize that it is alive with color and beauty. Wildflowers peek their heads out from between big rocks or hide in the tall brush to protect themselves from deer.
Of those native wildflowers, one stands out in both color and form. Pink Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora), sometimes called Checkermallow or Prairie Mallow, looks a little like a small hollyhock. It has tall stems (3’-4’ tall) that have 2” wide pink flowers opening up all along the stalk. They look fragile and soft, but they are hardy and robust. They have been tamed for the modern garden and look great in the front or middle of a perennial border.
They do fine in a large container for a little while, but they really want to be their wild selves and grow deep and wide in your garden.
They like lots of water in the winter and less water in the summer until they are established and they handle just about any type of soil you put them in. They look great with grasses and attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
Pink Checkerbloom is a delight in the garden and we know that you will enjoy these western native pink flowers all summer.
* Full sun
* Easy care
* Heat and drought tolerant once established
* Herbaceous perennial
* Good cutting flower
* Attracts pollinators
* Pink flowers
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Sidalcea malviflora|
|Mature Height||3 - 4 feet|
|Mature Spread||1 - 2 feet|
|Soil Type||Most any soil|
|Moisture||Water carefully to establish, then as needed during dry periods|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|