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Ipomopsis aggregata (Pursh) V.E. Grant
Scarlet Gilia, Scarlet Standing-cypress, Skyrocket, Skunkflower
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
USDA Symbol: IPAG
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Red, often with yellow mottling.
DistributionUSA: 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 from Sonora east to Tamaulipas
Native Habitat: Hillsides, Slopes
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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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1989 VOL. 6, NO.3 - Butterfly Gardens, Director\'s Report, Proper Care Gives Staying Power to Cut Fl...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ipomopsis aggregata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomopsis aggregata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ipomopsis aggregata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff