Sidalcea virgata (Rosy Checkermallow) Seed Packet WW
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Rose-pink to magenta, hollyhock-like flowers occur in loose spires that lazily rise up from basal mounds of palmate foliage. This plant has a relaxed, airy feel to it - it captures the essence of a sunny, spring day perfectly. Though we have several checkermallow species in our area, this one is smaller in stature and more closely associated with drier, upland sites than the others - but can also be found on wetter sites. Crowns increase over time, spreading laterally by short rhizomes. Can be cut back after flowering to encourage more blooms. This is a host plant for Checkered Skippers and Gray Hairstreak and an important nectar species for Fenders Blue and Taylor's Checkerspot butterflies.
- Family: Malvaceae
- Per/Ann: Perennial
- Sun/Shade: Sun to part shade
- Zones: 2 to 9
- Bloomtime: May-June
- Height: up to 2+ ft.
- Habitat: Open hillsides, open woods, dry to moist meadows & prairies.
- Stratification: 4-12 weeks. Some germinate quickly, then germination is sporadic over a long period.
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