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Callirhoe alcaeoides (Light poppymallow)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Callirhoe alcaeoides

Callirhoe alcaeoides (Michx.) A. Gray

Light Poppymallow, Plains Poppy-mallow, Light Poppy-mallow, Pink Poppy-mallow, Light Poppy Mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Sida alcaeoides


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An upright or somewhat sprawling perennial to 18 in. with several unbranched or few-branched stems. Five-petaled flowers are pink or white, cupped, and have a short column of yellow stamens united at the base. Flowers are few, at tips of long stalks from leaf axils. Lower leaves are long-stalked, large and lobed; upper leaves are smaller and shorter-stalked.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MO , NE , NM , OK , SD , TN , TX , WI
Native Distribution: AL & TN to OK & n. c. TX, n. to IL & s.c. NE
Native Habitat: Dry, sandy or clayey prairies

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Calcareous, clay soils

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Reason for small winecup flowers (Callirhoe sp.)
May 25, 2007
I purchased some winecup seeds from a wildflower seed company and planted them this past autumn. I live in the northcentral Texas area. This spring, several of the seeds sprouted but they had tiny lav...
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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Callirhoe alcaeoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Callirhoe alcaeoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Callirhoe alcaeoides


Record Modified: 2022-12-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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