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PlantFiles: Fringed Poppy Mallow
Callirhoe digitata

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callirhoe (kal-ir-OH-ee) (Info)
Species: digitata (dig-ee-TAH-tuh) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On May 29, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant.

Fringed Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe digitata) is a native plant that can be found in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma. It typically occurs in rocky, dryish, soils in limestone glades, meadows and prairies. It usually grows 2 feet to 3 feet tall (sometimes up to 4 feet). The erect stems are slender and branching. Lower leaves are much larger than the upper leaves. They are palmately divided into 5 to 7 finger-like lobes. Its bloom period runs from mid-spring to September. Cup-shaped, five-petaled, solitary, upward facing magenta flowers are up to 2" wide and are on pedicels that are up to 6" long. The corolla is deeplyobed. The flower petal edges are fringed. Typical of mallow family members, the stamen and style form a very prominent central column. hence the species name. It can be distinguished from the closely related native purple poppy mallow, winecup (Callirhoe involucrata) by its upright habit. Callirhoe involucrata is procumbent and mat-forming which tends to trail close to the ground. Its long tap root assists the plant in its drought survival; however, it makes transplanting of established plants difficult.

There is a (Callirhoe pedata) palmleaf poppymallow, pimple mallow that has the synonym Callirhoe digitata var. stipulata which is a native Texas plant which should not be confused with (Callirhoe digitata).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Richmond, California
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Wayland, Massachusetts

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