Common names: Prairie Mallow
This is a botanical name rather than any interesting storied name. Sida is a genus of the Malvaceae (the plant family it belongs to) and alcea is a kind of mallow within the family. Given that it is a member of the mallow family and native to western North American prairies, the common name Prairie Mallow fits well.
- Bloom time: Mid to late summer
- Height: 24” to 60”
- Sun needed: Full sun
- Bloom color: Soft pinks, reds
- Planting space: 12” to 18” apart
- Soil preferred: Rich, fertile and well drained
- Propagation method: Seed, division
The species can grow up to 60” tall but the varieties normally available at garden centers are a little shorter than that.
- ‘Sussex Beauty’ 36” tall with pale pink flowers – quite lovely
- “Purpetta’ 36” tall with reddish-purple mallow like flowers
- ‘Party Girl’ 24 to 36” tall and variable pink colors as it is a seed mixture
Sidalcea x hybrida
- ‘Brilliant’ 24 to 30” tall with deep rose flowers
- ‘Elsie Heugh’ 36 to 48” with fringed pale pink flowers. Excellent for the back of the border.
This is a native of the prairies so plant it in full sun in well drained but fertile soils.
It will thrive in most cold weather gardens and deserves to be more widely grown.