HARDY PERENNIALS: SIDALCEA

These are graceful members of the Mallow family, and smallness of flowers is compensated by profusion and long flowering. They seldom make very large plants, and losses may sometimes occur if not cut back after flowering. This encourages new basal growth for over-wintering, but old plants can be divided in spring. They are not fussy as to soil. S. ‘Rose Queen’ is one of the older varieties, reliably perennial, growing to 4 feet and flowering from June to late August. S. ‘William Smith’ is distinctive for its warm salmon pink shading and S. ‘Croftway Red’ is the deepest pink—nearest to red. Both these grow to about 3 feet but S. ‘Rev. Page Roberts’ and S. ‘Elsie Heugh’ are light satiny pink, with slender 4 feet spikes. S. ‘Wensleydale’ is of similar habit, with sizeable rosy red flowers and S. ‘Loveliness’ is a shell pink only l^/i feet high. Sidalceas along with other Mallow type flowers, prefer soil not too rich or damp. For many years 1 had been looking out for some dwarfer Sidalceas than those already in existence, because spike forming subjects are so helpful in obtaining a pleasing arrangement amongst the more round or flat headed kinds. With this in mind, Percy Piper, who has reared most of the Bressingham introductions, succeeded and three were selected in the 2-2Vi feet range, all having a good habit in very attractive pink shades. 1 named them S. ‘Oberon’, S. ‘Puck’ and S. ‘Titania’, but having spent a few years in working up a sufficient stock to offer, they then showed some resentment at such intensive propagation. This appeared to be the only reason why, in 1965 we had over 1,000 plants of each, by 1967 they had to be virtually withdrawn because they either made too little growth to give propagating material, or planting losses decimated stock.

SIDALCEA 'Rose Queen'

SIDALCEA ‘Rose Queen’

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