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Common Name: Checkerbloom
Sidalcea malviflora is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America - Oregon to Baja California.
Grassy slopes and open forest glades[
Prefers a deep fertile well-drained but moisture-retentive soil in full sun or with some shade at the hottest part of the day[
This species thrives in climates with a relatively cool summer and mild winters and tolerates temperatures down to about -15°c[
]. 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[
If the plants are cut back immediately after flowering they will usually produce a second flush of bloom in late summer[
]. The flowers last well when they are cut for indoor use[
There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[
Leaves - raw or cooked. The leaves have a very mild flavour and a slightly mucilaginous texture, they make a very acceptable salad[
]. The leaves can be cooked as greens[
]. The dried mashed leaves have been used as a flavouring with black manzanita berries (Arctostaphyllos spp)[
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.