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Sidalcea malachroides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Sidalcea

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Sidalcea is a genus of the botanical family Malvaceae. It contains several species of flower known generally as checkerblooms or checkermallows, or prairie mallows in the United Kingdom. They can be annuals or perennials, some rhizomatous. They are native to West and Central North America.

In mid- to late summer the clumps of toothed basal leaves produce erect flowering stems, with 5-petalled mallow-type flowers in terminal racemes, in shades of pink, white and purple.[1]

Selected species:

Garden cultivars are hybrids between S. candida and S. malviflora. The cultivars 'Elsie Heugh'[2] and 'William Smith'[3] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh' AGM / RHS Gardening". Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector Sidalcea 'William Smith' AGM / RHS Gardening". Retrieved 2012-06-24. 

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