Meadow Checker-mallow, also known as Meadow Checker-bloom (Sidalcea Campestris) is a perennial forb in the Mallow Family (Malvaceae). It’s native to Washington and Oregon, blooms Apr-Jun and grows 3-6 ft, frequently 5 ft. It’s commonly found in undisturbed and/or restored prairies, meadows, savannas, forest edges and roadsides; likes moist to dry soils and partial to full sun exposure.
Meadow Checker-mallow is the most common and the tallest of the checker-mallows; it has white to pale pink flowers. Two rare species of checker-mallow are Rose Checker-mallow (Sidalcea Virgata [Sidalcea Malviflora]) a much shorter showy plant with deep pink flowers and Nelson’s Checker-mallow (Sidalcea Nelsoniana) about 3 ft tall with dark pink/redish flowers. Also found in western North America are Henderson’s Checker-mallow (Sidalcea Hendersonii) which grows near the coast with deep pink flowers and Oregon’s Checker-mallow (Sidalcea Oregana) which like Rose is shorter with regular and not as showy pink flowers.
Look-alikes when not in flower include: