Callirhoe bushii - Bush's Poppy Mallow (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Callirhoe bushii

Bush's Poppy Mallow

Callirhoe bushii, commonly called Bush’s poppy mallow, is an uncommon herbaceous perennial that is native to scattered locations in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In Missouri, it is primarily found in rocky open woods, wooded valleys, ravine bottoms and glade borders in the southeast corner of the state. Upward facing cup-shaped magenta flowers bloom June-August. 


Plants form a good sprawling native ground cover. Border fronts, rock gardens, native plant gardens, wild gardens, naturalized areas or meadows. Sprawl over a stone wall. Fits well into both formal garden areas as well as wild/naturalized areas.

Bush's Poppy Mallow Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Good drainage is essential. Will tolerate some light shade. Generally plants will spread in the garden, but will not root at stem nodes. Plants may be grown from seed and may self-seed in the garden in optimum growing conditions. Long tap root gives this plant good drought tolerance but makes transplanting of established plants difficult.

Height:

12-18 in

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Spread:

18-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Callirhoe bushii

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Attributes
Drought Tolerant
Ground Cover
Native
Naturalizing
Border or Bed