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Waxy Checkerbloom
Sidalcea glaucescens
About Waxy Checkerbloom (Sidalcea glaucescens) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sidalcea glaucescens is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family known by the common name waxy checkerbloom. It is native to California, where it grows in the southernmost mountains of the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada, its distribution extending just over the border into Nevada. It can be found in mountain meadow habitats of yellow pine forest, red fir forest, lodgepole forest, and subalpine forest. Sidalcea glaucescens is a perennial herb grows from a thick taproot and caudex unit, producing a slender, waxy stem up to 70 centimetres (28 in) long. The leaves are deeply divided into about five lobes which may be forked or edged with smaller lobes. The inflorescence is a loose panicle of several flowers with pink or purplish petals 1 to 2 centimeters long. The bloom period is June to August.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.7 - 2.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 8.9" - 93.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 2.79", Coldest Month: 25.5" - 48.6", Hottest Month: 48.0" - 75.0", Humidity: 0.59" - 23.21", Elevation: 150" - 8994"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Waxy Checkermallow

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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