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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.

SKU# 92750

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Plant - 2.5" deep pot

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SKU 92750
Common Name Redbirds in a Tree
Botanical Name Scrophularia macrantha
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Red
Estimated Mature Height 36-48" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Fall
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Average 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), Attracts Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Coastal California, Hot Desert, USA
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!
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