Natives of western North America and perennials
of effective use for flower gardens, the plants
freely produce palmately lobed or divided leaves
from which rise slender stems bearing terminal
racemes of various coloured flowers.
Sidalcea candida reaches three feet, with bluntly lobed
foliage and white flowers, three-quarters of an
Notable varieties are “Crimson Glow”,
three feet; and “Rose Queen”, four
to five feet, with rich rose flowers.
Sidalcea malvaeflora reaches two to three feet, with
lobed foliage and many-flowered racemes of lilac
flowers , one and a quarter inches across.
Of its various forms var. atropurpurea has a number
of varieties of great value in the flower garden.
Sidalcea spicata, three feet, is a late-flowering species
Easily grown in any good garden soil in full
sun or partial shade but a better perennial in
light soils than in heavy.
Propagate by division of the root and from seed.
The flowering season is in July and August.
Sidalcea – Greek Mallow
Two to three feet.
Flowers of several colours, July to September.
An easily grown perennial, much resembling in
foliage and flowers the common Musk
It has deeply-cut leaves, and spikes of single
flowers on stiff stems.
The best known form is Sidalcea candida, with pearly
Sidalcea Listeri is taller, with fine spikes of pink
Sidalcea malvæflora and Sidalcea m. atropurpurea have
respectively light rose and purple flowers.
All require good loam or garden soil, should be
planted in autumn, and divided every third year.