Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Sidalcea cusickii (Cusick's Sidalcea, Cusick's Checkermallow)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Dilleniidae

Order

 Malvales

Family

 Malvaceae Mallow family

Genus

 Sidalcea A. Gray checkerbloom

Species

 Sidalcea cusickii Piper Cusick's checkerbloom

 Photo from Annie's Annuals on Flickr

A delightful, hollyhock-like perennial rarely found outside its native Oregon, and not in every county. Stands of this perennial have been reported in Washington, Multnomah, Yamhill, Benton, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Coos and Jackson counties, but not all are documented.

Reaching a full 5, this plant develops stout stems to support one to five densely flowered racemes.

Rose-pink petals age to a deep purple and are indeed regal.

This checkermallow thrives in full sun to partial shade and is a riparian species, so it needs consistently moist soil in the garden.

It is considered to be rare or threatened in its natural habitat.

Butterflies find it irresistible.

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