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Callirhoe involucrata (Purple Poppy Mallow)

Purple Poppy Mallow, Buffalo Rose, Winecup


Resembling wine cups, Callirhoe involucrata (Purple Poppy Mallow) decorates cheerfully the landscape in late spring and early summer with its masses of brilliant magenta cup-shaped flowers atop ground-hugging stems. The eye-catching, upward-facing blossoms, up to 2.5 in. wide (6 cm) open in the morning, close in the evening and remain closed after pollination. Poppy-like, they consist of 5 petals with a white spot at their base surrounding a prominent central column of stamens. Evergreen in mild climates, the unique and striking foliage of deeply lobed, palmately divided (hand-shaped), green leaves adds some winter interest to the border. Mat-forming, this native prairie plant is an attractive, spreading, drought-tolerant perennial.

  • Grows in low foliage mounds up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) with stems that sprawl along the ground up to 3 ft. (90 cm). 
  • Thrives in full sun in dry to mediumwell-drained soils. Good drainage is essential to survival. Tolerates poor infertile soils and dry rocky soils. If conditions are too wet, it may suffer from rust. 
  • Drought tolerant and attractive to hummingbirds or butterflies!
  • Very hardy and easy to grow, Callirhoe involucrata is a good choice for areas of the garden that are hot and dry.
  • No serious insect or disease issues
  • 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!
  • Anchored by a substantial taproot makes transplanting of established plants difficult. May self-seed in satisfactory growing conditions.
  • Native to the Central United States and parts of the Eastern and Southwestern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Wyoming, Southeast, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Botanik Foto, Chanticleer Garden

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 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Wyoming, Southeast, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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