About Fringed Poppy Mallow: Fringed Poppy Mallow grows wild in the Great Plains region, and can be found in prairies, dry meadows, and rocky areas. Unlike many varieties of mallow, this variety stands tall rather than trailing along the ground. Its lacy foliage gives the bright blossoms the appearance of floating on the breeze. Its Latin genus name, “Callirhoe,” refers to a character of Greek mythology.
Fringed Poppy Mallow Germination: For the best germination rates, soak the seed in water overnight, then mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. After the last frost of spring, sow the treated seed ¼” below the surface of the soil. For fall planting, simply soak the seed in water overnight and direct sow ¼” below the surface of the soil. Thin or transplant seedlings to 15-18” apart. This plant grows well in dry, rocky, or shallow soil.
Growing Fringed Poppy Mallow Seeds: Since this plant withstands drought very well, it does not need to be watered; too much moisture will cause disease. In rich soil, the stems may lean and need support or staking. This plant will self-seed and slowly spread. Since mature plants have long tap roots, transplanting is not recommended.This plant attracts bees.
Harvesting Fringed Poppy Mallow: These bright blossoms make attractive additions to flower arrangements. Cut the stems to the desired length and place them in water.
Saving Fringed Poppy Mallow Seeds: The mature seed heads will turn a pale tan, and easily come apart when pressed. Remove the ripe seed heads and separate the seed from the husks. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Fringed Poppy Mallow Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Finger Poppy Mallow, Standing Winecup Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 30-36 inches Spacing: 12-24 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry USDA Zone: 4a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 3,000 Produces upright stalks with finely divided, delicate foliage and 1-2” cup shaped, 5 petaled bright fuschia flowers with fringed petals.