Callirhoe involucrata

Wine Cups

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Item #: 1839

Zones: 4a to 9b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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Callirhoe involucrata is a vertically challenged hibiscus relative from the Midwest and Southwest US that is truly a distinctive addition to the garden. Callirhoe involucrata begins its show in the spring when the 2" round cutleaf foliage emerges from the basal clump. The stems spread out horizontally to 3' then, starting in late spring, are smothered with 1-2" wide flowers resembling cups of red size, color, and shape. Wine cups are great for the front of the border or cascading down a wall. Medicinally, root concoctions are sniffed to treat colds and teas are purportedly good for an assortment of other pains. Heck, if you are going to fall off the horticultural wagon, you might as well do it with a wine cup in your hand!


Once Callirhoe involucrata finishes flowering, we prefer to cut them back to the base. They will reflush and remain as an evergreen rosette through the winter. If uncut, wine cups may re-seed in the garden, but rarely will they seed prolifically, so in most landscapes, this may actually be desirable.

Leaf rust is occasionally encountered, but we find that with plenty of sun and good air movement, this is usually not an issue. If you find it a problem, simply cut the plant to the ground, and dispose all of the foliage off site, where it isn't likely to re-infest your plants. If fungal rust spores have been allowed to drop, then you'll want to remove the infected mulch also.

Growing Conditions:

Hot, dry, and sunny are the keys to making your Callirhoe involucrata happy and prosperous. Winecups grow well in clay, sand, or rocky soils.

Natural Impacts:

Callirhoe involucrata is a great attractant for an array of native bees and butterflies.