SIDALCEA

P. Useful border perennials which bloom in July and August, growing to about 3 ½ ft. They prefer soil that does not dry out too easily but are in no way fussy. Increase by division in spring or autumn, choosing the outer pieces from each clump. It is best to leave undisturbed for several years, as on light, dry soils sidalceas are sometimes a little slow in re-establishing themselves. The hollyhock-like flowers are very freely produced in shades of pink and red. There are no whites except the species Sidalcea Candida which is undistinguished. Good varieties include Crimson King (soft crimson), Loveliness (shell-pink), Rose Queen (bright rose), and Wcnsleydale (rich rosy-red).

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