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CALLIRHOE involucrata var. tenuissima

Image of Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima

James Burghardt

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

CALLIRHOE involucrata var. tenuissima

Plant Common Name

Mexican Wine Cups, Poppy Mallow, Wine Cups

Special Notice

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General Description

A drought-tolerant powerhouse, wine cups is so delicate and colorful you will find it hard to believe it is tough. This native of the central and eastern United States is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial that produces many large, vivid magenta, cupped flowers in the heat of summer. These appear above deeply lobed, palm-shaped leaves of medium green.

Once established, wine cups will thrive in full sun and average to poor soil. It will not tolerate "wet feet", so be sure you plant them in well draining soils. This "hot" perennial is at home in sunny rock gardens, perennial beds and wildflower gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 6

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Magenta, Fuchsia

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes