Scrophularia macrantha

Redbirds in a Tree

 

Red Birds in a Tree is a rare wildflower from the southern mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. It blooms all summer with spires of small red, white lipped flowers that resemble a flock of red birds perched on a tree branch. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
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Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 92750

Details

1998 Green Thumb Award Winner + 2008 Plant Select Winner. 36-48" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Cookes Peak's pine-covered summit rises to over 8,400 feet, towering over the desert near Deming, NM. Looking south you see the panorama of Mexico and its vast expanse of the Chihuahuan desert. From Scrophularia's high altitude habitat of over 7,200 ft. on this mountain's slopes, Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanic Gardens collected the seed our stock plants were grown from. Scrophularia, a very rare Penstemon relative, is a garden treasure blooming from early summer through fall with long wands of white lipped, cherry-red flowers. The dark green angular foliage is also quite handsome. The plant has a tall, informal habit and will lean over and intertwine with tall neighboring plants for support. Plant it next to Pitcher's Sage or 'Blue Fortune' Hyssop for this very reason. Very popular with the hummingbirds, too!

SKU 92750
Common Name Redbirds in a Tree
Botanical Name Scrophularia macrantha
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Coastal California, Hot Desert, Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

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Wonderful little cardinal plant!!!!

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  • Hardy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Scrophularia macrantha:

    7 years ago, I bought this plant on a whim, fascinated with the name. It was better than the description, having little red flowers that resemble red cardinals with yellow beaks. What a great plant!! I grew it in New Mexico, just north of Rowe, NM. Now, I'm trying it 'deep in the heart of Texas'. I have confidence that it will be just fine...... stay posted.

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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