Sidalcea malviflora

Checker Bloom

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 1' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The checker bloom is found in mountainous regions throughout California with the exceptions of the southeastern deserts. Checker bloom grows as a small clump of round, deeply lobed leaves which expands from year to year. In spring a long, trailing stalk of numerous dark pink flowers appears, often the first noticeable sign that checker bloom has come out of dormancy. Checker bloom prefers a moist environment during the cool months, but little or no water from later spring through early fall. It accepts a variety of soil types.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen