New Moon Nurseries: Discover the Beauty of Callirhoe Involucrata

Are you looking for a perennial that will add charm and elegance to your garden? Look no further than Callirhoe involucrata from New Moon Nurseries. With its mat forming habit and stunning magenta cup-shaped blooms, this plant is sure to make a lasting impression.

Native Beauty and Resilience

Callirhoe involucrata is native to the Central, Eastern, and Southwestern regions of the United States. Its natural habitat includes dry meadows, prairies, open woods, rocky banks, and open fields with sparse vegetation.

One of the most remarkable features of this plant is its hardiness. Thriving in USDA Zones 4-9, Callirhoe involucrata can withstand a variety of climates and soil types. Whether you have a dry or average soil, this plant will continue to flourish.

A Closer Look

Callirhoe involucrata is a spreading groundcover with unique foliage that resembles a stylized snowflake or the tropical scented geranium. The pubescent rounded leaves are deeply cut into 5-7 finger-like lobes, making them a striking focal point in any garden.

But what truly sets this plant apart are its captivating flowers. In late spring and early summer, the plants come alive with an abundance of maroon, wine, hot pink, or magenta blossoms. These cup-shaped blooms, with their distinctive white throats, are a favorite among native bees and butterflies.

Reaching a height of 6 inches to 1 foot and spreading up to 3 feet, Callirhoe involucrata provides excellent groundcover while adding a touch of vibrancy to your landscape.

Easy to Grow, Easy to Maintain

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant, Callirhoe involucrata is the perfect choice. It thrives in full sun or part sun and well-drained to dry soil. Even in drought conditions or poor infertile soils, this plant will continue to thrive, thanks to its resilience.

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However, it’s important to note that excessive shade and competition from neighboring plants can lead to decline. Additionally, wet conditions may make the plant susceptible to rust and attract slugs. To avoid these issues, ensure proper drainage and monitor moisture levels.

Enhancing Your Landscape

Whether you’re creating a dry sunny bank, a perennial border, or a rock garden, Callirhoe involucrata is an excellent choice. Its showy blooms and attractive foliage make it a versatile plant that can be used in various landscape designs.

This plant also attracts butterflies, making it a delightful addition to butterfly gardens. Its nectar serves as a valuable food source for these beautiful creatures.

For a stunning visual display, try pairing Callirhoe involucrata with Asclepias tuberosa, Amsonia hubrichtii, Baptisia tinctoria, or Liatris microcephala. These companion plants will complement the vibrant colors and unique shape of the flowers.

Unveiling Nature’s Beauty

Callirhoe involucrata, also known as wine cups or purple poppy-mallow, offers a glimpse into the wonders of nature. Its vibrant flowers, resembling tiny hibiscus blossoms, have earned it various common names, including Buffalo rose.

Belonging to the Mallow or Hibiscus Family, this plant also plays host to caterpillars of the Gray Hairstreak Butterfly and Checkered Skipper, adding ecological value to your garden.

At New Moon Nurseries, we are passionate about providing exceptional plants to enhance your garden. Visit Ames Farm Center to explore our wide range of plant varieties and fall in love with the beauty of Callirhoe involucrata.

Callirhoe Involucrata

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