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Ipomopsis rubra (Standing Cypress)

Standing Cypress, Texas Plume, Texas Star, Trailing Fire,Scarlet Gilia, Red Gilia, Flame Flower, Indian Plume, Spanish Larkspur, Gilia rubra


Adding lovely vertical lines in the landscape, Ipomopsis rubra (Standing Cypress) is a biennial or short-lived perennial boasting panicles of scarlet red tubular flowers, widely flaring at the rim, and marked with orange or yellow dots on the inside. They are arranged in a thick spike, which opens from the top of the stem downward. Blooming all summer, the ravishing blossoms are carried proudly atop erect, unbranched, leafy stems. Eye-popping, Ipomopsis rubra provides an outstanding garden performance and adds color as well as a lovely spiky texture to the garden. Hummingbirds will thank you for it.

  • Grows up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-150 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). Freely self-seeds when happy.
  • Best grown in full sun, in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates some light shade. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Attracts streams of hummingbirds and other beneficial pollinators but it is deer resistant.
  • Provides a bold and striking impact in borders, cottage gardens or in prairie plantings.
  • Generally disease and pest free.
  • The first year of growth will produce a ferny rosette, followed by a flower spike the second year. When the spike has bloomed out, cut it off to encourage new spikes to emerge.
  • Sow seed into lightly raked soil in the fall to propagate.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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