Redbirds in a Tree
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!
|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|
|Mature Height||36-48" tall|
|Mature Spread||18" wide|
|Bloom Time||Early summer to mid fall|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Season||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil|
|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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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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