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Plant Profile: Winecup (Callirhoe involucrata)

Callirhoe involuicrataAlso known as purple poppy mallow, wine cup is a herbaceous perennial native to much of central United States where it grows in medium dry soils along roadsides, on hillsides, and in fields, prairies, and shrublands. The plant is low-growing and mat-forming so can be used as a groundcover. The gray-green foliage is evergreen or semi-evergreen and consists of deeply lobed leaves. The cup-shaped flowers are 2.5 inches wide and have five bright cerise petals with white markings at the base. The long carrot-like taproot gives the plant good drought tolerance but makes it difficult to transplant.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Cup-shaped five-petaled flowers 2.5” across with cerise petals marked with white at the base blooms spring into summer if deadheaded.

Size: 6-12” H x 6-36” W

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average, dry to medium moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 4-8

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: Rust and root rot in wet weather

Propagation: Seed, softwood cuttings

Companion plants: Artemisia ‘Silver Brocade’, yucca, dwarf spurges, sedums.

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