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Callirhoe involucrata - (Torr.&A.Gray.)A.Gray.
                 
Common Name Poppy Mallow, Purple poppymallow, Winecup, Finger Poppy Mallow
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grows in dry soils on the plains[43, 235]. Sandy, eroding dry ground and roadsides in Texas[274].
Range Central N. America - Minnesota and Iowa to Texas, Utah and New Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Purple. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal.

Callirhoe involucrata Poppy Mallow,  Purple poppymallow, Winecup, Finger Poppy Mallow


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Callirhoe involucrata Poppy Mallow,  Purple poppymallow, Winecup, Finger Poppy Mallow
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Physical Characteristics
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Callirhoe involucrata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms
C. lineariloba. Malva involucrata.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[2, 105, 161, 177]. The root is long and tapering[2], it is sweet and starchy with a pleasant taste somewhat like that of a sweet potato[183]. Leaves - cooked. A pleasant flavour with a mucilaginous texture, they are good for thickening soups[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Anodyne.

A decoction of the root is used to treat internal pain[61, 222, 257]. The root was also dried, then burnt and the smoke either inhaled or allowed to bathe the affected part of the body[222, 257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses: Border, Ground cover, Rock garden. Prefers a light rich sandy loam and a sunny position[1, 200]. Likes a hot dry position[200], growing well on a dry sunny bank[260]. This species is hardy to about -15°c[200]. A deep-rooting plant[235], it strongly resents root disturbance and should be planted into its final position as soon as possible[138]. Slugs are strongly attracted to this plant and can destroy even established plants by eating out all the young shoots in spring[K]. Special Features: North American native, Naturalizing, Extended bloom season in Zones 9A and above.
Propagation
Seed - sow outdoors or in a cold frame. Plants resent root disturbance so the seed is best sown in situ in April[138], though the slugs will have a field day if you do not protect the plants[K]. If seed is in short supply then sow it in pots in a cold frame, putting a few seeds in each pot, and plant the pots out in early summer once the plants have put on at least 15cm of growth. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 6 months at 15°c[138]. Cuttings of young basal shoots in a frame in sand[1, 200]. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer. Division[200]. With care since the plant resents root disturbance. We have found that it is best not to disturb this plant and so do not try to divide it, relying instead on taking basal cuttings since these do not disturb the main clump[K].

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Other Names
Low poppy mallow, Prairie poppy mallow, Purple poppy mallow, Wine cups.
Found In
Australia, Europe, France, Mexico, North America, Tasmania, USA.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. Some evidence in Nebraska, USA.
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Callirhoe digitataFinger Poppy Mallow, Winecup20
Callirhoe leiocarpaTall Poppy-Mallow20
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Elizabeth H.
Fri Oct 8 01:34:19 2004
this plant is worth $13,000 to people in asia!!!!!!!
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