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A beautiful winecup I found near Lake Pickens in Sherman, Texas
Canon Powershot SX20 IS
Common names: winecup (wine cup, wine-cup), purple poppy-mallow
Scientific name: Callirhoe involucrata
Family: Malvaceae – Mallow family
Genus: Callirhoe Nutt. – Poppy-mallow
A gorgeous flower that grows wild in fields and along roadsides throughout Texas.
The Osage, Lakota and Dakota Indians foraged for the roots of the purple poppy-mallow. The Osage used the roots like a starch to thicken soups. The Lakota and Dakota inhaled the smoke from burning the dried root of the plant to aid in the cure of head colds. They also drank a tea made from boiling the roots to help cure intestinal problems.