Callirhoe (plant)

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Callirhoe involucrata group.jpg
purple poppy mallow (C. involucrata)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Malveae
Genus: Callirhoe

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Nuttallia Barton[1]

Callirhoe is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. Its nine species are commonly known as poppy mallows[2] and all are native to the prairies and grasslands of North America. Of the nine, some are annuals while others are perennial plants.

The genus is named for the Oceanid Callirrhoe in Greek mythology.[3]

Poppy mallow leaves are alternate and palmately lobed. The flowers are cup-shaped and brightly colored.

The purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata) is grown as a garden plant. It is a low-growing perennial with a large taproot and hairy stems. The flowers range from cerise to reddish violet with white centers. It is especially used in dry climates.


Species include:[4][2]

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  1. ^ "Genus: Callirhoe Nutt.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Callirhoe". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  3. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. I: A-C. CRC Press. p. 399. ISBN 978-0-8493-2675-2. 
  4. ^ a b "GRIN Species records of Callirhoe". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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