Wildflower of the Week: Checkerbloom

Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora)

There isn’t a lot in flower out there yet, but one thing that quickly responded to the mid-January rain (at least along the coastal terraces) was checkerbloom. This member of the Mallow family generally prefers open meadows, but is also quite common in the pine forests of the Monterey Peninsula.

Checkerbloom flowering amid chunks of limestone in the proposed East Molera Wilderness.

East Molera produces some of the best displays of checkerbloom anywhere. This photo was taken on March 28, 2010.

A pair of Canada geese inspect the checkerbloom on the coastal terraces at the north end of Pt. Lobos. This is probably the best place to see checkerbloom right now.

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One Response to Wildflower of the Week: Checkerbloom

  1. gayle says:

    Thanks for the photos. Love your site.

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