New Mexican Checkermallow
This slim, handsome species is distinguished by its deep or pale, pink to purple flowers, its silky-hairy leaf surfaces, and the waxy blue-gray bloom usually found on its stem and leaves.
Habit: native perennial subshrub or herb; usually single stemmed.
Height: 1-3 ft (0.3-1 m).
Leaf: basal, round, scalloped, 5-9 lobed; on stem, alternate, round, scalloped, deeply palmately divided into 3-5 sections, becoming ever more deeply divided above; both 1.5-6 in (4-15 cm) long and wide.
Flower: 5-parted, purple to mauve to pink, 1-1.5 in (2.5-4 cm) wide; petals often prominently veined, edges smooth to wavy to notched; singly in leaf axil, forming crowded terminal spike blooming from the base up.
Fruit: 5- to 9-parted, up to 1/8 inch long, tipped with a hairy beak.