Sidalcea malviflora

Wildflowers Dicots Eudicots Rosids Malvales Malvaceae Sidalcea

Checkerbloom.

The first time I saw this I assumed it was a Clarkia with odd leaves. But closer examination revealed five petals in the flower, which meant it was a mallow.

The basal leaves are different from those further up the stem.

First noticed it blooming in April on Rattlesnake, later on the back side of Arroyo Burro trail (near Rancho Oso and up). It is quite common when the trail runs near the creek.


Note the basal leaves (on the left) are almost round, while those higher on the stem (center left) are digitate.

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