Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. aggregata
Ipomopsis aggregata (Pursh) V.E. Grant ssp. aggregata
Scarlet gilia, Skyrocket
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
Synonym(s): Cantua aggregata, Gilia aggregata, Gilia aggregata ssp. euaggregata
USDA Symbol: IPAGA3
The showy biennial, skyrocket or scarlet gilia, bears clusters of tubular flowers scattered along the upper portion of its stiff, unbranched, 6 ft. stem. The showy flowers are normally brilliant red but sometimes pink or even pale orange. Leaves are mostly near the base of the plant and divided into narrow segments.
In nature, browsing by mule deer and elk prior to the flowering season stimulates growth of multiple flowering stems and increases flower production. Hummingbirds also visit these flowers for sustenance.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CO , ID , MT , NV , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: S. B.C. to MT, s., e. of the Cascades, to CA & NM
Native Habitat: Shrubby brushland; open, coniferous forests
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, sandy or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: In nature, browsing by mule deer and elk prior to the flowering season stimulates growth of multiple flowering stems and increases flower production. Early season pinching and give the same effect.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Showy gilia is browsed by deer. Hummingbirds attracted to the flowers.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Easily grown from untreated seed. Plant two years in a row.
Seed Collection: The dozen small seeds in the oval capsule fruits mature about a month after pollination.
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. aggregata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. aggregata in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff