Sidalcea is a genus of ca. 20-25 species, all native in North America. Some species are cultivated as ornamentals in Europe (Le Huquet 1997). Most belong to the Sidalcea malviflora group (see Clement & Foster 1994), a taxonomically difficult species complex.

In Belgium two representatives of Sidalcea have been recorded but only one posterior to 1950. Sidalcea candida persisted at least between 1920 and 1929 on wasteland in Lambermont.

Sidalcea oregana

Additional alien: Sidalcea candida A. Gray (N-Am., garden escape).


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Roush E.M.F. (1931) A monograph of the genus Sidalcea. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 18: 117-244.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith