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Callirhoe involucrata

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Photo from North Creek Nurseries.

The taproot from Casa Miriposa.

Photo from Wildflower.Org.

Author: Asa Gray, 1849
Origin:  Mid - South USA
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  12 Centimetres
Height:  15-30 Centimetres
Flower:  Magenta / White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Purple Poppy Mallow, Winecups, Buffalo Rose
Synonyms:  Malva involucrata, John Torrey & Asa Gray, 1838.
Callirhoe involucrata var. lineariloba, A.Gray
Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima, Baker f.

This member of the Malvaceae family was given this name by Asa Gray in 1849. It is found in mid- and southern North America, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The taproot can grow to twelve centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to fifteen or even 30 centimetres in height. The flowers are magenta with a rather large, white centre.

The genera name from Greek mythology: Callirrhoe or Callirhoe, meaning 'beautiful Flow', who was a naiad. She was the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. The species name means 'enwrapped, provided with covering, rolled together'.