Callirhoe involucrata Purple Poppy Mallow Plant
Ready to naturalize, it is ideal for difficult slopes, banks, and other soils needing quick coverage.
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.
|Item Form||4-inch Pot|
|Zone||4 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Early Summer|
|Plant Height||6 in - 12 in|
|Plant Width||6 in - 3 ft|
|Bloom Size||2.5 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Season Extenders|
|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.
Space plants 18 inches apart in full sun in a sandy loam with a nearly neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.5. Good drainage is essential to prevent the long tap root from rotting.
Water only during periods of prolonged drought. Established plants are difficult to transplant because of the deep tap root.
Zones 3 to 9.