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Owens Valley Checkerbloom
Sidalcea covillei
About Owens Valley Checkerbloom (Sidalcea covillei) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sidalcea covillei is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the mallow family known by the common names Owens Valley sidalcea, and Owens Valley checkerbloom. It is endemic to the Owens Valley of Inyo County, California, where it grows on alkali flats and in alkaline meadows and springs. While it is limited to this single valley, it is known from 44 sites there, and several populations are relatively large, with the total global population estimated at about two million individuals. This is a perennial herb growing from one or more fleshy roots and reaching maximum heights between 20 and 60 centimeters. The stem is hairy, with rough, bristly hairs near the base and finer ones higher up. The leaves have blades deeply divided into narrow linear lobes, almost divided into leaflets. The leaves are fleshy and waxy in texture. The inflorescence is an open panicle of several flowers each with five pinkish purple petals up to 1. 5 centimeters long. The leaves and flower sepals are coated in tiny branching hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.7 - 2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.9" - 9.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.41" - 1.81", Coldest Month: 38.6" - 45.9", Hottest Month: 66.3" - 76.6", Humidity: 3.16" - 30.48", Elevation: 3678" - 6062"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Owens Valley Sidalcea

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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