moderate, low, very low
spring through late summer
5 to 8 in.
20 to 30 in.
central United States
sun, part shade
USDA zones 3-9
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Winecups is a native, low growing, spreading perennial flower that blooms throughout most of the summer.
It has deep green leaves spaced along the stems. The striking wine-colored flowers have five petals that grow in the shape of a cup. It grows well in a variety of soils and is useful for slopes and the edges of retaining walls since its long stems gracefully drape over rocks and walls. Little to no maintenance is required.
This is an excellent plant with nice foliage, excellent flowers, and drought-tolerance, but unfortunately it is not rabbit-resistant.
Winecups are an excellent plant for Colorado Springs, but have been continuously eaten by rabbits at the Mesa Xeriscape Garden.
There is a nice group of winecups growing at the Cottonwood Creek Garden. Because of the spreading nature of the plants, they cascade over rocks, which is lovely. When they get regular moisture, they grow very wide, so plant it in an area where it will get little moisture once established.
Cut old growth to ground in early spring before new growth starts. Poppy mallow has a large taproot and will not transplant well.