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Ipomopsis rubra


Standing cypress, Texas plume, Red Texas star, Red gilia


Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)



Ipomopsis rubra (Standing cypress)
Marcus, Joseph A.
The stiff, unbranched, 2-4 ft. stem of this sparsely leaved biennial can reach 6 ft. Showy, red, tubular flowers, widely flaring at the rim, are marked with orange or yellowish spots inside. Flowers are arranged in a thick spike, opening from the tip of the stem downward.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MS , MO , NJ , NY , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI
Native Distribution: C. TX, e. to KY, NC & FL
Native Habitat: Dry, sandy or rocky fields; open woods. Central and east Texas. Well-drained sand, loam, or limstone.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy or rocky soils. Gravelly, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam
Conditions Comments: Standing cypress is stunningly beautiful and easy to cultivate in garden settings. Showy, red, tubular flowers, widely flaring at the rim, are marked with orange or yellowish spots inside. Flowers are arranged in a thick spike, opening from the tip of the stem downward. When the bloom stalk is through blooming, you can prune it off to allow replacement stalk to grow and flower.

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Color, Showy
Use Wildlife: Standing cypress attracts hummingbirds. Nectar-Hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No

Last Update: 2009-05-14