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Sidalcea malviflora - (DC.)A.Gray. ex Benth.

Common Name Checkerbloom, Dwarf checkerbloom, California checkerbloom, Siskiyou checkerbloom
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy slopes and open forest glades[200].
Range South-western N. America - Oregon to Baja California.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Sidalcea malviflora Checkerbloom, Dwarf checkerbloom, California checkerbloom, Siskiyou checkerbloom


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Sidalcea malviflora Checkerbloom, Dwarf checkerbloom, California checkerbloom, Siskiyou checkerbloom
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sidalcea malviflora is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

basionym: Sida malviflora

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked. The leaves have a very mild flavour and a slightly mucilaginous texture, they make a very acceptable salad[K]. The leaves can be cooked as greens[257]. The dried mashed leaves have been used as a flavouring with black manzanita berries (Arctostaphyllos spp)[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

References   More on Other Uses

Cultivation details

Prefers a deep fertile well-drained but moisture-retentive soil in full sun or with some shade at the hottest part of the day[200]. This species thrives in climates with a relatively cool summer and mild winters and tolerates temperatures down to about -15°c[200]. However, where prolonged cold temperatures are experienced without snow cover, it is best to mulch the plants well in winter with material such as bracken litter[200]. If the plants are cut back immediately after flowering they will usually produce a second flush of bloom in late summer[200]. The flowers last well when they are cut for indoor use[200]. There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in the spring.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
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Sidalcea neomexicanaNew Mexico Prairie Mallow, Salt spring checkerbloom, Thurber's checkerbloomPerennial0.8 0-0  LMHSNMWe11 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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Readers comment

david   Fri Jul 31 2009

Most cultivars are now believed to be hybrids with other species (Botannica p841), it may be that some of the "cultivars" are not edible if they are crossed with other species.

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