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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Ipomopsis aggregata (Pursh) V. Grant
Scarlet gilia, Scarlet standing-cypress, Skyrocket, Skunkflower
USDA Symbol: IPAG
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
In upper leaf axils and at tops of sparsely-leaved stems are clusters of showy, bright red or deep pink, trumpet-shaped flowers.
Skyrocket, one of the most common western wildflowers, grows readily from seed; its brilliant red trumpets are handsome in the native garden. Its beauty compensates for the faint skunky smell of its glandular foliage, responsible for the less complimentary name Skunk Flower. Ipomopsis was once considered part of Gilia, explaining the name Scarlet Gilia.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OK , OR , TX , UT , WA , WY Native Distribution:
Eastern Oregon to southern California; east to western Texas; north through the Rocky Mountains and the western edge of the plains to western North Dakota; also northern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Hillsides, Slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Igneous
BenefitUse Ornamental: Color, Blooms ornamental, Showy, Attractive, Accent
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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Record Modified: 2012-07-30
Research By: TWC Staff