Sidalcea cusickii

Cusick's checkermallow

Habit: hollow stemmed herbaceous perennial covered in tiny star shaped hairs. Basal leaves are nearly round with large rounded teeth; upper leaves are palmately divided into lobed divisions. Inflorescence is a densely clustered spike of many brightly pink flowers turning to deep purple with fading. Blooms from May-July.

Ecology: uncommon, found only in Western Oregon in riparian zones and other open and moist habitats.

Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade in moist to wet soil.

Butterflies are highly attracted to Sidalcea cusickii. Considered to be rare or threatened in its natural habitat.

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Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Height: 1.5-6 ft (0.5-2 m)
Width: 8-12 in (20-30 cm)
USDA Zones: 7-9
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.