The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Missouri Botanical Garden
The conservation of Callirhoe bushii is fully sponsored.
Kimberlie McCue, Ph.D. contributed to this Plant Profile.
Callirhoe bushii is a lovely member of the poppy family, producing striking magenta flowers. First described in 1909, the plant was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin Bush (1858-1937), a prominent botanist of the time. However, considerable debate ensued over the true taxonomic status of the species and only recently has the name C. bushii been accepted as correct (Dorr 1990).
As are many other Callirhoe species, C. bushii is a popular garden plant and can be purchased from many nurseries. Gardeners should remember to always ask nursery dealers the source of their plants, however, and NEVER buy wild-collected plants.
Distribution & Occurrence
Open rocky woodlands, edges of glades, prairies, and railroad right-of-ways, mostly in calcareous soils (Morgan 1980).
Often found with Verbesina helianthoides, Campanula americana, Ampelopsis cordata, Campsis radicans, Cassia sp., Melilotus alba, Rudbeckia triloba, Polymnia canadensis, Smilax sp., Clematis virginiana (Morgan 1980).
|Approximately 50 populations among the four states in which C. bushii occurs. Individuals are scattered within population boundaries, occurring singly or in small groups.|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Mowing, herbicides and other disturbances threaten populations near roads and rights-of-way (Morgan 1980, Wallace 1984).
Limiting mowing and selective cutting, controlling succession of woody plants and maintain open habitat and obtaining information on life history traits (Wallace 1984).
Yatskievich, G.; Turner, J. 1990. Catalogue of the flora of Missouri. St. Louis, MO and Ann Arbor, MI: Missouri Botanical Garden/Braun-Brumfield Inc. 345p.