Texas Poppy-Mallow

Endangered: Native Texas Plant

Description:

- deep to red purple cup-shaped flower

- stems are striffly erect and thick as a pencil

- leaves have broad irregularly shaped lobes

- can grow up to 2 1/2 feet or taller

Texas Poppy-Mallow

The poppy-mallow blooms only in the summer. The bees use the flowers for nectar, shelter, and help the plants reproduce by spreading pollen between them. They open each morning to 2-3 hours after sunrise and close right before sunset. Within 30-90 minutes after being pollinated, the flowers will close forever. If they are not pollinated they will continue to open each morning for 6-8 days.

Endangered

The Texas Poppy-Mallow is endangered because of habitat loss due to farming, pasture planting, sand mining, and urban development. It is also threatened by people picking the flowers or collecting plants for their garden.

Where it can be found:

It can be found in Coke, Mitchell, and Runnels counties in the Rolling Plains of Texas.
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Solutions:

Don't pick the plant and do not mess with the area it is growing on.

Bibliography:

"Texas Poppy-mallow (Callirhoe Scabriuscula)." RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.