Meadow Checkermallow flowers (Sidalcea campestris). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Close up of a bee visiting the pink flower of Meadow Checkermallow (Sidalcea campestris). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Meadow Checkermallow leaves (Sidalcea campestris). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Meadow Checkermallow flowers (Sidalcea campestris). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Meadow Checkermallow

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Sidalcea campestris

Only found in the Willamette Valley, this plant is becoming increasingly rare, found mostly along roadsides. Its white-light pink blooms stand tall on hollyhock-like stems that can look you in the eye. Flowers are a high-quality nectar source for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly and a host plant for many native butterflies, such as the painted lady. Prefers well-drained soil. 

  • Size at maturity: 2-6' tall, 8-12" wide
  • Canopy layer: groundcover
  • Light requirements: full sun, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil
  • Bloom Time: May - August  
  • Special features: wildlife favorite

 

Photo Credit 1: "File:Sidalcea campestris inflorescence.jpg" by Flowersinmyyard is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Photo Credit 2: Eileen Stark

Photo Credit 3: "File:Sidalcea campestris in spring.jpg" by Flowersinmyyard is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Photo Credit 4: Nikkie West, Sparrowhawk Native Plants