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Callirhoe leiocarpa

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callirhoe (kal-ir-OH-ee) (Info)
Species: leiocarpa (lee-oh-KAR-puh) (Info)

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NEtransplant On Jun 23, 2014, NEtransplant from Adair Village, OR wrote:

I've grown up with this flower in Nebraska that does just fine without any love or care. It's a great landscaping plant that blooms through the worst heat of the summer without skipping a beat. I highly recommend this plant for any xeriscaping or area of your garden that doesn't get supplemented with water. Easy to grow and spreads at a nice but manageable pace.

Positive ThomPotempa On Dec 10, 2010, ThomPotempa from Houston, TX wrote:

This little guy puts out flowers all spring long.

Positive ApopkaJohn On Apr 9, 2010, ApopkaJohn from Apopka, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grew easy from seed bought at Wildseed Farms.
Survived Florida Summer and made it through frost in winter. Transplants easy. Individual plants seem leggy and top heavy.

Positive frostweed On Feb 19, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Winecup, Tall Winecup, Cowboy Rose, Poppy Mallow, Tall Poppy Mallow Callirhoe leiocarpa is Native to Texas and other States.

Positive Krispi On Mar 17, 2006, Krispi from Canyon Lake, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is one of my most favorite wildflower seeds to grow! It does great under other plants in a container, to keep the water from knocking the dirt out every time you water.

Positive htop On Jul 24, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Tall winecup, preferably called tall poppy mallow, is an annual that is from 1-3 feet tall. It grows several stems from a small, thin taproot with many fibrous roots which makes it difficult to transplant. It can be found in fields, prairies and woods. It is a native wildflower that is found in Texas as well as other states and blooms in the spring and throughout the summer. The reddish-purple to pink, 5-petaled blooms form a 2 inch in diameter cup-shaped bloom. The alternate, leaves are palmate and lobed. The flowers are quite similar to those of the common winecup (Callirhoe involucrata). It can be distinguished from Callirhoe involucrata by its upright growth habit. Callirhoe involucrata tends to sprawl close to the ground. Callirhoe involucrata flowers have an epicalyx (called involucral bracts in other plant families) which is a whorl of small bracts (modified leaves) found just below the calyx. Tall Poppy Mallow flowers don't have these bracts.


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

Fort Collins, Colorado
Apopka, Florida
Lincoln, Nebraska (2 reports)
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Abilene, Texas
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Canyon Lake, Texas
Flower Mound, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Port Aransas, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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