Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima
Mexican Wine Cups
Item #: 1995
Zones: 4a to 9b
Height: 6" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
If regular wine cups don't fit into your color scheme (they do clash with old blue Chevys and flue-pipe planters), then Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima is the plant for you. With a groundcover growth habit to 3' wide, Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima is a cutleaf variety of the drought-tolerant wine cups from 7,000' elevation in Los Lirios, Coahuila State, Mexico (Yucca Do collection #51-8). At the end of the spreading branches are masses of 2-3" wide, light lavender-purple flowers that last until midsummer...much longer than those of typical Callirhoe involucrata. In addition to attracting your eye, the flowers of Callirhoe involucrata also attract an array of beneficial insects including green lacewings, hoverflies, and trichogramma wasp...which in turn consume aphids, mites, mealybugs, and caterpillars. Chemicals or callirhoe? When flowering is finished, the wine cups shrink back to the original rosette and wait for temperatures to cool.