WINE CUPS, POPPY MALLOW

FAMILY: Malvaceae | GENUS: CALLIRHOE

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Few perennials can match the eye-popping show of wine cups in full bloom. Native to the American Southwest and Midwest, they grow from fleshy roots to become wide-spreading mats of foliage; the leaves are deeply cut, resembling those of some scented geraniums. A profusion of cup-shaped flowers smothers the plant during hot weather. As long as they have good drainage, wine cups will tolerate infertile soil and intense heat. Use them at front of border and on slopes.

woodland poppy mallow

callirhoe alcaeoides

  • Native from Illinois to Nebraska, south to Tennessee and Texas.
  • Whitish (often pink-tinged) flowers to 212 inches across are held on slender, 5- to 20 inches stems; plant spreads 13 feet wide.
  • Logan Calhoun is an improved selection with sparkling white blossoms; it grows 812 inches high, sprawling 34 feet wide.

callirhoe involucrata

  • Native from Missouri to Wyoming and south to Texas.
  • To 6 inches tall and 23 feet wide.
  • Produces purplish red flowers 2 inches across.
  • Callirhoe i.
  • tenuissima, from the mountains of Mexico, has light purple flowers and more deeply cut foliage than the species.

callirhoe papaver

  • From northern Florida to Texas, north to Georgia and Arkansas.
  • Resembles Callirhoe involucrata but has deep magenta blossoms on stems 512 inches long.

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