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Purple poppy-mallow is a perennial wildflower has beautiful cup-shaped magenta flowers that last much of the summer and attractive, deeply lobed leaves. The trailing stems make this plant useful in rock gardens or trailing over a wall.

  • Family (English) Mallow
  • Family (botanic) Malvaceae
  • Tree or plant type Perennial
  • Native locale North America
  • Size range Small plant (6-12 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
  • Soil preference Dry soil
  • Tolerances Dry sites, Occasional drought
  • Season of interest early summer, late summer, midsummer
  • Flower color and fragrance Pink
  • Shape or form Vining
  • Growth rate Moderate


Because of its vine-like habit, the plant tends to creep along the ground, making it about six to twelve inches high and up to three feet wide.

Native geographic location and habitat: 

Native to the Western United States and northern Mexico.

Attracts birds or pollinators:

Pollinator plant

Leaf description: 

Alternate leaves are deeply lobed with stiff, bristly hairs.  Individual leaves are 1.5 to 2 inches long.

Flower description: 

The deep magenta flowers are cup-shaped and stand individually on single stems.  Often the center of the flower is paler or white.

Fruit description:

The small, non-ornamental fruits are schizocarps.

Plant care:

Purple poppy-mallow prefers full sun and well-drained soil.  It does poorly in wet conditions.  Cut plants back if they get leggy.  This plant is easy to grow from seed, but divides poorly because of its long taproot.


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