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Poppy Mallow

Herbaceous Perennial Flower, Wildflower, Ground Cover

Also known as Winecups, Finger Poppy Mallow
Callirhoe involucrata
Malvaceae Family

Tolerant of dry sites and poor soil, this low-growing perennial delights the eyes with long-lasting wine-colored blooms throughout the summer. Good for borders, rock gardens, natural settings and as a groundcover.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • tolerates droughty soil
  • requires well-drained soil
  • tolerates low fertility

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 8

Special locations:

  • xeriscapes
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.5 to 1 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Bloom time:

  • early summer
  • mid-summer
  • late summer
  • early fall

Flower color:

  • red
  • violet

Reddish purple/wine-colored.

Foliage color: dark green

Foliage texture: medium

Deeply lobed, resembling Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) leaves.

Shape: spreading mass

Shape in flower: same as above

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • native to North America - Western North America
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, cuttings, division or separation - In proper conditions, the plants will self seed. Sow seeds in spring.

Take stem cuttings in the summer.

Division is difficult because of long, easily-damaged taproots. Division is best only with young, small plants.

Maintenance and care:
Provide good drainage. Overwatering can cause crown rot.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

Crown rot if soil is poorly drained.