This genus is comprised of eight or so species of annuals or tap-rooted perennials grown for their cup-shaped, 5-petaled flowers in shades of red, purple, white, and magenta. The leaves are deeply lobed and resemble geraniums. Poppy mallows love a hot, dry site, and the taproots of the perennials make them very drought tolerant. Grow in a border, rock garden, wildflower patch, or butterfly garden. They will naturalize if you let them.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsNative to the prairies and grasslands of the U.S. and Mexico. Thrives in heat. Drought tolerant.
CareBeing careful not to damage the taproot when planting, grow poppy mallow in a sandy soil in full sun, with protection from winter moisture.
PropagationSow seeds where they are to grow in the garden in early spring (for perennials) or spring (for annuals), or take softwood cuttings in early summer.
ProblemsRust diseases, powdery mildew, aphids, and spider mites may affect plants.