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Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy mallow)
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Callirhoe involucrata

Poppy mallow or wine cups

An outstanding and very attractive plant with low growing, deeply dissected dark green foliage that gives rise to an explosion of electric purple, single, upright flowers from July to early September. This plant behaves like an ivy. It is taprooted and can be difficult in containers if not well spaced. Let it drape over stone walls or creep between stones. Requires full sun and good drainage. Native to the Midwest.


Height

6-8 Inches

Spread

1-3 Feet

Bloom Color

Purple

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Poppy mallow Interesting Notes

"Purple poppy mallow is a mat-forming, Missouri native perennial which most frequently occurs in dryish, rocky soils in prairies, fields and along roadsides scattered in several counties mostly northeast of the Missouri River. Plants typically form a low foliage mound from 6-9" tall on procumbent stems which spread along the ground to 3' wide. Solitary, upward facing, cup-shaped, five-petaled, poppy-like, magenta flowers (to 2.5" wide) continuously appear on thin stems above the foliage from mid-spring to fall. Stamens form a prominent central column typical of mallow family members, but with distinctive style branches. Leaves are palmately divided into 5-7 finger-like lobes. The closely-related Missouri native fringed poppy mallow (Callirhoe digitata) is, by contrast, a spindly, erect plant which typically grows 2-3' tall.

Good native ground cover. Border fronts, rock gardens, native plant gardens, wild gardens, naturalized areas or meadows. Sprawl over a stone wall. Fits well into both formal garden areas as well as wild/naturalized areas." - Missouri Botanical Garden

Callirhoe involucrata Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in dry to moist, well-drained soils in full sun. A long tap root gives the plant good drought tolerance but makes the transplanting of established plants difficult.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry
Average
Average
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Native to North America
Dry Sun