Seen in bloom along the clifftops in a rough area of the coastal prairie scrub habitat. This specimen was quite low to the ground, possibly stunted by high winds, saline mist and saline soils.
Seen on the top of the eastern levee along Tolay Estuary.
aka Valley Sidalcea
at vernal pool
This delicate five petaled flower was seen in the understory of an open canopy coastal Bishop pine forest. Its height is about 25 cm.
Sidalcea is a genus of the botanical family Malvaceae. It contains several species of flower known generally as checkerblooms or checkermallows, or prairie mallows in the United Kingdom. They can be annuals or perennials, some rhizomatous. They are native to West and Central North America.