Feb. 3, 2019

poppy mallow, Callirhoe involucrata

Poppy mallow is a species of the plains, now moved to some other places by gardeners like me. I gathered some seeds on a western trip, and scattered them in a garden when I got back. Nothing happened. For years. And then one fine season, they popped. They've been sprawling and spreading ever since. I've been waiting even longer for an image that does them justice. So far, this is it. These beautiful, mostly cup-shaped blooms somehow defy my sense of composition. This day the rain helped a little. Poppy mallow grows in AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WY, and Mexico. Moved from Hall Co NE to my garden, photographed 6/27/18.