Sidalcea malviflora

The mallows are an attractive botanical family. Even the common wild mallow, flowering in dusty waste places in the heat of summer, is a welcome sight when wild flowers are scarce. In the garden, there are shrubby mallows, perennial mallows and annual mallows, all characteristic funnel-shaped flowers.

Sidalcea malviflora, a native of California, is a herbaceous perennial which likes full sun, though not drought conditions. It has satiny flowers in various shades of pink and shallow-lobed leaves, which form a ground-covering clump. One of several good garden varieties is the pure pink ‘Rose Queen’, which grows to 40 inches (1 m) tall, an excellent middle-ofthe-border plant flowering for weeks from mid-summer. Keep it well away from the yellow daisy plants which rule the garden at this season, and plant it with

Sidalcea malvijlora, a native of California, is a hardy herbaceous perennial of the mallow family. The garden varieties are clump-forming plants, growing to about 40 inches (100 cm).

Blue thistle flowers (Eryngium or Echinops) or perhaps with white roses, especially Iceberg’, a tall rose which can take a substantial ground cover. Rue, sage, thyme and other plants from the herb garden would make a discreet edging.

Plant 2 feet (60 cm) apart in groups according to your space.

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