Sidalcea Elsie Heugh is a form of the plant that is sometimes called the miniature hollyhock, and you can see why, when above the lobed basal leaves rise elegant narrow spires clothed with lovely pink bowl-shaped flowers, stopping just  short of 3 feet. Elsie Heugh’s mid-summer flowering period is pleasingly long. Likes the sun. Any reasonable soil, but not clay. 2 litre pot.


The various named varieties of Sidalcea, of which Elsie Heugh is in our humble opinion the finest, are for the most parts hybrids of Sidalcea Candida and S. Malviflora. Some, such as this one, as named after individuals, but sadly - despite our diligent research - we can’t track down who the lady in question might have been. Suggestions that might alleviate our anxiety welcome.

Sidalcea is native to west and central North America, where it is known as the prairie mallow, but it doesn’t just grow in grassland, but also in wooded areas and beside hillside streams. Consequently, it will tolerate a range of garden situations but does best with a decent amount of sun and the classic RHS moist but well drained soil. Give it those two things, and you will have several weeks of pure pleasure in mid summer. Mind you, Elsie Heugh is an attractive thing from early spring onwards, as the multi-fingered leaves develop from more rounded scallop shapes, eventually forming the rising spires that produce the flowers.

You can cut back old flowering stems, but they will keep on flowering regardless in any case! Eventually, at some point i early autumn, we find it best to cut back to somewhere near ground level, which will encourage a fresh new basal rosette to develop prior to winter.

Sidalcea Elsie Heugh is a tall hardy perennial plant with lobed leaves and spikes of bowl shaped fringed shell pink flowers in summer suitable for full sun.

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