Published on April 22, 2012 by Amy
An outstanding and very attractive plant with low growing, deeply dissected dark green foliage that gives rise to an explosion of electric purple, single, upright flowers from July to early September. This plant behaves like an ivy. It is taprooted and can be difficult in containers if not well spaced. Let it drape over stone walls or creep between stones. Requires full sun and good drainage. Native to the Midwest.
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Easily grown in dry to moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Long tap root gives plant good drought tolerance but makes transplanting of established plants difficult.
Purple poppy mallow usually occurs in dryish, rocky soils in prairies, fields and along roadsides, mostly in the U.S. mid section from Michigan to Arizona.
Each flower closes in the evening and will remain permanently shut after pollination.