Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Callirhoe alcaeoides

Callirhoe alcaeoides | Light Poppy Mallow, Pale Poppy Mallow, Pink Poppy Mallow, Pink Wine Cup, Plains Poppy Mallow, White Flowered Poppy Mallow

Callirhoe alcaeoides is a somewhat sprawling North American perennial, noted for its extremely long mid-spring to fall bloom of cup-shaped, upward-facing, poppy-like flowers (.5m wide). Flower color can be white, light pink or pale lilac, but never the darker shades of rose-wine to purple which characterize the similar Callirhoe involucrata. The natural range of Callirhoe alcaeoides spans from Illinois to Nebraska south to Texas and Alabama, including parts of the central and southern Great Plains. It typically grows as a spreading mound forming an attractive ground cover, suitable for dry, sunny locations, rock gardens, naturalized areas or meadows.