Pale Poppy-mallow

© Iralee Barnard

 

Common Name: Pale Poppy-mallow

Scientific Name: Callirhoe alcaeoides

Family: Mallow

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 8 - 12 inches

Bloom Period:
May and June

 

 

Description: Sprawling stems spread in all directions. Leaves are variable, sometimes triangular with scalloped edges but often deeply lobed. The five-petaled flowers are cup-shaped and white to pink.

Comments: Callirhoe is from the Greek meaning, “beautiful,” and is the name of an ocean nymph in Greek mythology. Cotton, hollyhocks and okra belong to the same family. The deep, thick taproot of the closely related Purple Poppy-mallow has long been cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Mallows are food plants for the larvae of the gray hairstreak butterfly. Pale Poppy-mallow is common in the eastern half of Kansas on open prairies.