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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    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
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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Summary

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


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 July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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.

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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].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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. The plant is heat tolerant in zones 7 through 1. (Plant Hardiness Zones show how well plants withstand cold winter temperatures. Plant Heat Zones show when plants would start suffering from the heat. The Plant Heat Zone map is based on the number of "heat days" experienced in a given area where the temperature climbs to over 86 degrees F (30°C). At this temperature, many plants begin to suffer physiological damage. Heat Zones range from 1 (no heat days) to 12 (210 or more heat days). For example Heat Zone. 11-1 indicates that the plant is heat tolerant in zones 11 through 1.) For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is a tap root similar to a carrot going directly down [1-2].

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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].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Low poppy mallow, Prairie poppy mallow, Purple poppy mallow, Wine cups.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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 NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Callirhoe digitataFinger Poppy Mallow, WinecupPerennial0.9 4-8  LNDM20 
Callirhoe leiocarpaTall Poppy-MallowAnnual0.9 5-9  LNDM20 

 

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Readers comment

   Fri Oct 8 01:34:19 2004

this plant is worth $13,000 to people in asia!!!!!!!

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