Poppy Mallow, Prairie Wine Cups

Callirhoe involucrata (Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray

Long-blooming poppy mallow’s scrambling stems can interweave through other foliage without overwhelming its neighbors. Its bright-magenta flowers, which appear throughout the summer, work especially well with yellows and blues. This plant’s foliage dies back to its taproot in the fall. It can be started from seed, but the taproot makes transplanting difficult. Members of the mallow family (scarlet globemallow, hollyhock, and hibiscus among others) are easily recognized by their flowers. Take a closer look at these monadelphous flowers and you will see that a tube of fused stamen filaments surrounds the pistil.

Height: 6-12”
Width: 24-36”
Water needs: low
Exposure: full sun
Availability in nurseries: common
Native range: much of the central U.S. (native but rare in WY)
Plant family: Malvaceae

 

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Photo by Amy Fluet