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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