More Information About Callirhoe
The genus Callirhoe is a relative of the much taller garden hibiscus (a mallow). Callirhoe is a ground-hugging, butterfly-attracting plant and a US native that forms a nice low patch covered with cup-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer and the taproot is used medicinally by Native Americans.
Callirhoe flowers, like wine, come in two colors; red or white. Callirhoe look great in the front of a border or cascading over a wall. Even when not in flower, Callirhoe provides a nice visual with its low growing, deeply lobed, hairy leaves.
Callirhoe is a prairie native from Arkansas to Texas that is quite heat- and drought-tolerant, but performs best with even moisture. Wine cups fit equally well into a formal garden or an informal meadow. Like a fine wine, callirhoe gets better with age as it spreads to form a 3' wide patch, and when happy, it can reseed a bit in the garden. Callirhoe is quite cold-tolerant too and can easily be grown in most of the continental US. Try pairing wine cups with Colocasia 'Coffee Cups', Hosta 'Dixie Cups', Saliva farinacea (Mealy Cup Sage) or with Amorphophallus 'Cabernet' for a fun word-play garden.
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