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Callirhoe bushii

Callirhoe bushii
Bush's poppy mallow

Synonym(s) Callirhoe papaver var. bushii
Common name Bush's poppy mallow
Family malvaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-8)
Flowers magenta (summer)
Size 12-18"
Light sun
Cultural notes drought-tolerant, needs well-drained soil
From seed scarify, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-August

Supposedly a bit more erect than C. involucrata, but so far its sprawling habits in our garden are similar. The flowers are, to my eyes, just like involucrata's. The leaves have a different shape and color, though. Long tap root - difficult to transplant. Native to the central United States.

Callirhoe bushii
I like the succulent bright-green seedlings.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '07/'08 exchange. Dehusked, scarified with sandpaper. Baggy 70F (7w; 64%G, 8-30d)
  2. Seed from '09 garden. Dehusked, sandpapered, baggy 70F (80%G, 6-12d)
  3. Seed from '09 garden. Dehusked, sandpapered, baggy 70F (47%G, 11-45d)
  4. Seed from '09 garden. Dehusked, sandpapered, baggy 70F (64%G, 6-11d)
  5. Seed from '12 garden. Dehusked, sandpapered, baggy 70F (24%G, 8-36d)
  6. Seed from '12 garden. Dehusked, sandpapered, baggy 70F (40%G, 9-19d)

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