Wine-cups

Callirhoë involucrata

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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Wine-cups (Callirhoë involucrata)
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Genus:  Callirhoë
This plant resembles a rosy-purple poppy mallow that blooms all summer. The saucer-shaped flowers are held above prostrate red stems and fingered leaves.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Wine-cups can spread 5 feet or more within two years but doesn't become invasive. A mature plant will spread 5 feet or more, studded with up-facing glowing purple flowers.
Care:  Plant in full sun and sandy, well-drained soil. Does not like winter moisture.
Propagation:  Seeds are produced in pods which can be direct sown or sown in a container. Mature plants resent moving as it disturbs the sensitive tap root.
Problems:  Sometimes affected by rust diseases, powdery mildew, aphids, and spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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