An outstanding and very attractive native groundcover for spring and summer. A valuable plant for hot south or west-facing beds. Looks lovely draped over stone walls. Requires full sun and good drainage. Will reseed and spread slowly if you let it. Sweet nectar attracts butterflies. In southern states combine with Chocolate Flower and Sun Drops.
Great native groundcover, vibrant color
Nectar source for a wide variety of butterflies
Larval host plant for the Gray Hairstreak
Especially valuable to native bees
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.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Each flower closes in the evening and will remain permanently shut after pollination.
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. Prefers full sun and mesic to dry conditions. This plant often grows in poor soil that contains sand, gravel, or clay. In rich cultivated soil, it will become longer than it normally does in the wild.
Mature Size: 6-8in. Tall x 18-36in. Wide
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Choosing the Right Plants
American Beauties Offer Solution Based Plant Collections to Help you Choose
Quick Tips for Choosing Plants:
Planting a variety of native trees, shrubs, perennials and vines increases biodiversity and gives wildlife a source for food, cover and nesting
Choose a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees so birds and other wildlife will always be able to find shelter
Plant trees and large shrubs where they will block winter winds from the house and shade it in summer, that will save energy and lower your carbon footprint
Try your best to buy plants that were grown locally, your independent garden center will be your best bet
Think about ultimate height and width of the plant you choose, make sure it will fit the space you have for it when it's reached maturity
Plant nectar plants in groups, to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects more easily
Ask for help if you need it. Most garden centers either have a landscape designer on staff or they can give you a reference of a designer that is adept at native plant wildlife gardening. There will be upfront costs but they are small when compared to having to redo a landscape that wasn't what you really wanted
Our Plant Tags Hold the Secrets to Success
Choosing the right plants for your garden can seem like a daunting task but we’re here to help. Our horticulturists have spent a considerable amount of time researching and writing our beautiful, American Beauties plant tags to help you be successful. First of all, when you see an American Beauties branded pot at your garden center you can be confident that the plant is native to your area and a responsible choice.
When you look at our tag you’ll find information about the plants natural habitat. That will give you a clue to how it will work in your backyard. For instance if the plant is naturally founded and moist, shade and you have full sun, it’s not the plant for you. The “Features” section gives you an overview or plant description so you’ll know what to expect. While the “Benefits” section talks about the plants strong suits and how the plant will benefit wildlife.
A Special Note About Exposure
Full sun:Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day Partial shade:Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine Shade:Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.