Texas Poppy

Texas poppy

Like the common winecup, the Texas poppy-mallow has deep red to purple cup-shaped flowers. You can tell the Texas poppy-mallow from the winecup because the stems are stiffly erect and thick as a pencil. Also, the leaves of Texas poppy-mallow have broad, irregularly-shaped lobes. It grows to a height of 2 1/2 feet or taller.

Why it's endangered

This wildflower is found in Coke, Mitchell, and Runnels counties in the Rolling Plains of Texas.

It is endangered because of habitat loss due to farming, pasture planting, sand mining, and urban development. Because it has such beautiful flowers, the poppy-mallow is threatened by people picking the flowers or collecting plants for their garden.