purple poppy mallow
Etymology: Callirhoe: from Greek mythology; Greek calos, "beautiful"
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 40" tall, roughly hairy forb; roots thicker near the middle and tapering toward the ends
Leaves: rounded with 5-7 deep lobes
Flowers: red to purple with a white center, 5-parted, 1 1/2"-2 1/2" wide, petals square at the tips; solitary on a 1"-4" stalk from the leaf axils; blooms May-Oct.
Habitat: sun; dry; prairies
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada" Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key