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Callirhoe involucrata (wine cups, purple poppymallow)
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Callirhoe involucrata

wine cups, purple poppymallow

An outstanding and very attractive plant with low growing, deeply dissected dark green foliage that gives rise to an explosion of electric purple, single, upright flowers from July to early September. This plant behaves like an ivy. It is taprooted and can be difficult in containers if not well spaced. Let it drape over stone walls or creep between stones. Requires full sun and good drainage. Native to the Midwest.

SIZE
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Height

6-8 Inches

Spread

1-3 Feet

Spacing

18-24 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

wine cups, purple poppymallow Interesting Notes

Outstanding and very attractive, Callirhoe involucrata is low growing with deeply dissected dark green foliage that gives rise to an explosion of electric purple, single, upright flowers from July to early September. This plant behaves like ivy so let it drape over stone walls, float over early season groundcover grasses, or creep between stones. 

Callirhoe involucrata is easily grown in dry to moist, well-drained soils in full sun. A long tap root gives the plant good drought tolerance but makes the transplanting of established plants difficult. Native from Minnesota to Texas, wine cups frequently occurs in rocky soil in prairies, fields, and along roadsides.

While wine cups is planted in several locations throughout our trial gardens, most notice how it rambles and plays with our Carex pensylvanica on a hill leading into a bioswale, giving much needed shade during the heat of the summer and providing a long bloom time. It occasionally wanders through the gardens, popping up unexpectedly in our mid-height meadow, non-aggressively, but a pop of color among the warm season grasses.

Callirhoe involucrata Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in dry to moist, well-drained soils in full sun. A long tap root gives the plant good drought tolerance but makes the transplanting of established plants difficult.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Moist
Moist
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Summer
Summer

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Dry
Average
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Attributes
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type
Open pollinated