About Clustered Poppy Mallow: Clustered Poppy Mallow thrives in dry, sandy areas and produces masses of rosy flowers even in drought conditions. Though rare in the wild, it can still be found occasionally in prairies, open woods, or sandy ground. Its stems grow somewhat upright rather than trailing like many varieties of mallow. Its Latin genus name, “Callirhoe,” refers to a character of Greek mythology.
Clustered 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 very well in dry, sandy soil.
Growing Clustered 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. Since mature plants have long tap roots, transplanting is not recommended.This plant attracts bees and many butterflies.
Harvesting Clustered Poppy Mallow: These bright blossoms make attractive additions to flower arrangements. Cut the stems to the desired length and place them in water.
Saving Clustered 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 Clustered Poppy Mallow Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: None Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 8-12 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 4a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 5400 Produces triangular, slightly lobed leaves and abundant clusters of 2” cup shaped, bright to dark pink flowers.