(Sidalcea malvaeflora)
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.

Wildflower main page

Last updated: February 28, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Fort Mason, Bldg. 201
San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-4323
Phone is answered daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Leave a message otherwise and we will get back to you.

Contact Us