There is something comfortingly old-fashioned about Sidalceas. They were plants that were grown with sweet williams and picked in bunches for the parlour.  I like this one best of all for its satiny, pale pink flowers.  The fringed petals and tissue-paper texture of the flowers suggest a delicacy that can lighten-up planting schemes of more robust perennials.  The pink colour of the flower seems to change depending on its neighbour: planted amongst the darks stems of Salvia ‘Carradonna’, the flowers seem tinged with purple; next to a clump of white corncockle, they fade to pale pink.

The plant flowers during July and needs light, fertile soil in full sun.  It will not survive the winter if the soil is too wet.

Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'

Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’