Ready to naturalize, it is ideal for difficult slopes, banks, and other soils needing quick coverage.


Callirhoe involucrata Purple Poppy Mallow

1-Quart
Item # 43913
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Callirhoe involucrata

Give it good drainage and keep the soil on the dry side, and it will thrive for years!

One of the best native perennials for scrambling across hot, water-starved soils, Purple Poppy Mallow delights with a very heavy season of bloom in late spring and early summer, followed by intermittent blooms right into autumn. Easy to grow in any sunny, well-drained soil, it naturalizes readily and spreads to cover all those bare, difficult-to-plant spots.

These blooms are magnificent, so richly colored they appear to glow, and borne profusely above the large, lobed dark green foliage. Measuring 2 1/2 inches wide, they are equally as deep, with a small white-to-yellow center and a nicely cupped shape that gives them their common name of Poppy Mallow. Always the brightest flowers in the garden, they carpet the sunny landscape in unforgettable jewel-like tones!

Although the heaviest bloom is early in the season, Callirhoe is seldom without flowers for the remainder of the summer and well into fall, ceasing only with the first frost. It is ideal for the border, rock gardens, slopes, banks, meadows, and open spaces of all types. And although it flourishes in any well-drained soil, it is an especially good choice for dry areas, because it forms a long taproot that makes it quite drought tolerant. Ready to naturalize, it begins just 6 inches across, but can spread up to 3 feet wide within just a season or two.

Callirhoe is a native perennial, forming a dense mat of deep green that chokes out weeds, helps retain soil moisture, and blankets bare soil. It is untroubled by most pests and diseases, and will scramble across dry spaces, cascade over a wall, and otherwise fill the landscape with carefree color. Do not miss the opportunity to show off this lovely and very low-maintenance plant. Zones 4-9.

Genus Callirhoe
Species involucrata
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Prostrate
Plant Height 6 in - 12 in
Plant Width 6 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Season Extenders
Bloom Color Magenta
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Baskets, Beds, Border, Containers, Ground Cover
Restrictions Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.