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Poppy Mallow

Bright magenta flowers on poppy mallow herald summer. Also called wine cups, this sprawling perennial sends out long branches to create a colorful mat of blossoms and foliage. <a href="… to the Midwest, poppy mallow is a common plant in wildflower mixes and dry prairie plantings. It also finds a home in formal perennial gardens where it is a low-maintenance groundcover.

genus name
  • Callirhoe
  • Sun
plant type
  • 6 to 12 inches
  • 1-3 feet wide
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Garden Plans For Poppy Mallow

Watering Poppy Mallow

Poppy mallow is native to dry, shallow, rocky soil, which makes it exceptionally drought tolerant. Its long tap root mines great depths for water. 

Drought Tolerant Planting Companions

Plant a low-water garden and enjoy poppy mallow's blossoms alongside other easy-care perennials. Some great flowering planting companions include blanket flower (Gallardia spp.), English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Texas sage (Salvia greggii), Agastache, and beardtongue (Penstemon spp.). Complement drought-tolerant perennials with ornamental grasses. These low-water grasses add height and motion to the garden. Plant muhly grass (Muhlenbergia spp.), feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora), switch grass (Panicum virgatum), and blue avena grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) in full sun gardens.

How to Grow Poppy Mallow

Poppy mallow is easy to grow in well-drained soil and full sun. It grows well in dry and rocky planting sites and is a great plant for rock gardens. A low, spreading plant, it is especially well-suited for growing on slopes and cascading over retaining walls.

Easy-to-grow from seed, poppy mallow may self-seed in the garden in optimum growing conditions. Sometimes difficult to find in garden centers, poppy mallow can be ordered online. Plant several poppy mallows together for the best show and to create a weed barrier or a carpet of color. Water plants regularly during the first growing season to promote a strong root system. Reduce watering after plants are established. In spring, before growth begins, cut plants back to ground level. Keep an eye out for rabbits; they like to eat poppy mallow. 

More Varieties of Poppy Mallow

White poppy mallow

Callirhoe alcaeoides 'Logan Calhoun' is a spreading plant with pure-white flowers. It grows 6 inches tall, 2 feet wide, and is hardy in Zones 4-9

Purple poppy mallow

Callirhoe involucrata forms a spreading mat that can reach 3 feet wide but remains under a foot in height. It is constantly in bloom from late spring on and makes a stunning groundcover on a dry, sunny slope.

Plant Poppy Mallow With:

Verbena is a spreading plant ideal for cascading over retaining walls, pots, baskets, and window boxes. As log as the soil is extremely well drained, verbena will reward gardeners with countless clusters of small blooms all season.It's fairly drought-tolerant, making it a great choice for hanging baskets, rock gardens, planting in cracks between stones, and other tight places. One annual verbena, 'Imagination', is a standout for taking the hottest, driest conditions. It will even do well in a clay strawberry pot!

Easy and undemanding, veronicas catch the eye in sunny gardens over many months. Some have mats with loose clusters of saucer-shaped flowers, while others group their star or tubular flowers into erect tight spikes. A few veronicas bring elusive blue to the garden, but more often the flowers are purplish or violet blue, rosy pink, or white. Provide full sun and average well-drained soil. Regular deadheading extends bloom time.

Purple coneflower is so easy to grow and attractive and draws so many birds and butterflies that you simply must grow it, if you have the room. Valued for its large sturdy daisylike flowers with dropping petals, this prairie native will spread easily in good soil and full sun. It is bothered by few pests or diseases. It's a great cut flower -- bring in armloads of it to brighten the house. And birds and butterflies love it. Allow it to spread so that you have at least a small stand of it. Let the flowers go to seed and the goldfinches will love you, coming to feast on the seeds daily. Butterflies and helpful bees also love purple coneflower.It used to be that rosy purple or white were the only choices in flower color. Recent hybrids have introduced yellow, orange, burgundy, cream, and shades in between.