Exposure: Full sun Soil: Medium Dry - Dry Height: 6-12 inches Bloom: June-July
Description: Purple Poppy Mallow creates a stunning display of chalice-shaped, magenta blossoms in late spring and throughout summer. The petals have a steep curve and overlapping tendencies that form each flower into a cup. Each petal has a white base, making the pollen-rich stamen the bullseye of an incredibly beautiful target. The flowers open each day and close at night, making for an extensive bloom period. Ornate foliage spreads slowly to create a dense ground cover that is prized for its ability to gracefully drape over hardscapes. Mature plants spread out over about 3 feet. Despite these rambling habits, Purple Poppy Mallow plays nicely with others - topping out between 6 and 12 inches - which allows enough sunlight for other plants to poke through and share the spotlight. Itrequires full sun to maintain healthy growth and thrives in depleted, gritty, dry soils. Too much moisture and shade tend to create rot and pest problems. This plant develops a very long taproot, making it incredibly drought resistant, but also rather difficult to transplant, so choose its site carefully. Purple Poppy Mallow will self-seed when it is happy. This plant is not an Illinois native, but is native to Iowa and Missouri.