About Purple Poppy Mallow: Because of its trailing habit and bright blossoms, Purple Poppy Mallow makes an eye-catching addition to rock gardens, draped over rock walls, or planted in hanging baskets. It also spreads eventually to form a native ground cover. In the wild, this plant can be found in open woodland and on rocky, dry slopes. Its Latin genus name, “Callirhoe,” refers to a character of Greek mythology.
Purple 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 Purple Poppy Mallow Seeds: Since this plant withstands drought very well, it does not need to be watered; too much moisture will cause disease. For the most profuse blooms, remove faded blossoms.This plant will self-seed and slowly spread, making an attractive native ground cover. The stems will sprawl along the ground, primarily growing out rather than up; they may go dormant in the summer. Since mature plants have long tap roots, transplanting is not recommended.This plant attracts bees and many butterflies.
Harvesting Purple Poppy Mallow: These vining stems and bright blossoms make attractive additions to flower arrangements. Cut the stems to the desired length and place them in water.
Saving Purple 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 Purple Poppy Mallow Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Winecup Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer Height: 6-8 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 2,100 Produces divided, slightly hairy leaves with rounded lobes and 2” cup shaped, bright maroon flowers with a white spot at their base.