Callirhoe involucrata
Wine Cups

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantPart Shade
Wine Cups
Callirhoe involucrata

An outstanding and very attractive native groundcover for spring and summer. A valuable plant for hot south or west facing beds. Looks lovely draped over stone walls. Requires full sun and good drainage. Will reseed and spread slowly if you let it. Sweet nectar attracts butterflies. In southern states combine with Chocolate Flower and Sun Drops.

Great native groundcover, vibrant color
Nectar source for a wide variety of butterflies
Larval host plant for the Gray Hairstreak
Especially valuable to native bees

Native Range

Purple poppy mallow usually occurs in dryish, rocky soils in prairies, fields and along roadsides, mostly in the U.S. mid section from Michigan to Arizona. To check your state, click on the USDA target=_blank Distribution Map.

Interesting Facts

Each flower closes in the evening and will remain permanently shut after pollination.


Easily grown in dry to moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Long tap root gives plant good drought tolerance but makes transplanting of established plants difficult. Prefers full sun and mesic to dry conditions. This plant often grows in poor soil that contains sand, gravel, or clay. In rich cultivated soil, it will become longer than it normally does in the wild. After mid-summer, this plant gradually withers away.

Mature Size: 6-8in. Tall x 18-36in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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