Checkerbloom

(Sidalcea malvaeflora)
 
Checkerbloom
Checkerbloom on the coastal bluffs.

Will Elder, NPS

 

Origin Of Genus Name: Sidalcea is from two Greek names for mallow: 'Sida' and 'Alcea.'

Presidio Locations: Found in serpentine grasslands, coastal prairie, and bluffs.

Range In State: Throughout California. The Presidio is the type locality for this species.

Description: This native perennial species can grow up to 2 ft tall, sprawling with hairy stems. The leaf shape can vary considerably on a single plant; always toothed or lobed. The flowers are pale to bright pink with lacy, white veins and 5 squared off, slightly notched petals, 1 - 2 inches across; clustered along stem. Blooms March to May.

Native Californian Uses: The Coast Miwok used the seeds for pinole, a ground meal.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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