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Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh' (Checker Bloom)

Checker Bloom 'Elsie Heugh', Prairie Mallow 'Elsie Heugh'


Quite beautiful, Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh' (Checker Bloom) is a clump-forming deciduous perennial boasting elegant spikes of silky shell-pink, fringed flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm). Blooming in mid-late summer, the blossoms are reminiscent of Hollyhocks but do not have their dominating height or aggressive self-seeding. Attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, the flowers are borne along erect stems above a good-looking basal clump of round, shallowly lobed leaves. Excellent cut flowers. A highly popular selection that is great for cottage gardens.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 24-30 ft. tall (60-75 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
  • Thrives in consistently moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Plants can be rather short-lived in heavy soils.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Cut back after flowering to encourage fresh foliage and promote a long flowering season.
  • Propagate by seed for species and by division in spring.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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