Lakeside Nature Center


Purple Poppy Mallow
(
Callirhoe involucrate)

Purple poppy-mallow has an extremely deep root and is quite resistant to drought.

The roots can be cooked and the leaves used to thicken soup.  The Osage dug the roots and stored them for winter;  they taste similar to sweet potatoes.  The Lakota burned the roots and inhaled the smoke as a treatment for colds.  They also made a tea from the roots to treat intestinal pain.

Sheep and deer will graze on purple poppy-mallow.