Winecup, Tall Winecup, Cowboy Rose, Poppy Mallow, Tall Poppy Mallow

Callirhoe leiocarpa

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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



Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

This little guy puts out flowers all spring long.


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.


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.


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.


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 inv... read more