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Callirhoe bushii (Bush's Poppy Mallow)

Bush's Poppy Mallow, Callirhoe involucrata var. bushii, Callirhoe papaver var. bushii


Callirhoe bushii (Bush's Poppy Mallow) is a showy herbaceous perennial boasting masses of brilliant magenta cup-shaped flowers from early to late summer. Poppy-like, the eye-catching upward-facing blossoms, up to 2.5 in. wide (6 cm), consist of five overlapping petals with a white spot at their base surrounding a prominent central column of stamens. They are borne singly atop partially erect and rambling stems. The leaves are palmately divided (hand-shaped) into 5 to 7 lobes. Callirhoe bushii provides a vibrant display in both formal garden areas and naturalized areas.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm). Will self-sow in ideal garden conditions.
  • Thrives in full sun or light shade in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Good drainage is essential to survival. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Excellent addition as a bedding plant alone or mixed in a grassy area. Great for border fronts, rock gardens, prairies or naturalized areas, it makes a lovely ground cover. Let it trail over a stone wall too!
  • No serious insect or disease issues. Crown rot may occur in poorly drained soils.
  • Anchored by a substantial taproot makes transplanting of established plants difficult.
  • Native to the Southern United States, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma..

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Kansas, Missouri, Southeast, Arkansas, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Kansas, Missouri, Southeast, Arkansas, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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