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Ipomopsis rubra

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Common Name: Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia

Full sun; medium to dry moisture level; rocky, sandy or loamy soil but will tolerate clay soil if drainage is good.  2-5 feet height; blooms summer into fall; scarlet red to reddish orange flowers; will naturalize by freely self-seeding under optimum conditions.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region: ?

This flower is a biennial and a member of the Phlox family.  Showy flowers on a single, tall stalk.  First year of growth will produce a short, ferny rosette, followed by a flower spike in the second year.  When the spike is done, cut it off and new spikes will form.  Once established, it is carefree and drought tolerant.  To get flowers every year, plant seed two years in a row and always allow plants to re-seed.  Attracts bees, butterflies and especially hummingbirds.

Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia - Ipomopsis rubra 3
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Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia - Ipomopsis rubra
Photo Courtesy of Southeastern Flora http://www.southeasternflora.com/