Sidalcea calycosa ssp. rhizomata, Point Reyes Checkerbloom
Beautiful and edible.
Glossy-leaved low-growing groundcover with charming pink flowers blooming from May to June. Tolerates part-shade, drought. Spreads through stolons. Goes partially dormant in late summer if growing in full sun, stays green with some shade and a bit of water.
Vigorous and easy. Surprisingly adaptable given that it is uncommon in nature. Can grow in wet situations and sandy, dry soils as well. A real delight in the garden, the leaves when young make a good green. We are fond of using them in chopped salads and incorporating them into salsas.