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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. Native 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.
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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.