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
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / 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 Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert, Coastal California
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensScrophularia macrantha
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Hardy (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (4)
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spring Follow-up

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from Silver City, NM

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Scrophularia macrantha:

    This is a follow-up to my comments last summer. My plant is in a pot on the patio at 6000 in SW New Mexico. It gets full sun in the summer. I watered it about once a week if there was no rain. The reviewer in Oregon might have kept the plant too wet. My plant bloomed until frost. After the branches died back I pruned it close to the soil. I was pleased that it came through the winter in the pot on the patio and is now about 8 inches high with lush green growth. Our winters get down to about 20 degrees at night. We did have some snow and I watered a few times in between. I plan to buy more. It's a great plant.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    A Disappointment

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    from Albany, Oregon

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Scrophularia macrantha:

      Sadly, this plant did not survive my attempts at growing it. It might have been our exceptionally hot summer but because I read that they like heat, I figured it would do okay. It's possible that I killed it with kindness by pampering it a bit too much. I would like to make another attempt at growing it but would prefer to start with a plant that is larger and more established. I would recommend it, but with that caveat.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely loved it,had more humming birds than ever .

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      from LA JUNTA, CO.

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      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Scrophularia macrantha:

        We planted right next to our patio, we love humming birds,we was told by high country gardens that this plant was a good atractor,for humming birds, boy let me tell you what, we had more humming birds than ever, been wanting to take out some of my other plants to put in more red birds in a tree, but my old lady will kill me.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Delightful. I'm hoping to get more.

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        from New England

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Lightweight

        Cons

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          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Scrophularia macrantha:

          Need to plant more to help it show up more.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great plant!

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          from Silver City, NM

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Scrophularia macrantha:

              This is a great plant, and I say that having grown xeric plants from High Country Gardens for years! I discovered it at a nursery in my new home town of Silver City, NM this spring. I planted it in a pot on my north patio at 6000 ft. It has bloomed continuously all summer and as of mid-September shows no signs of quitting. I water it every 1-4 days, depending on how hot it is, but it has gone longer. I've given it light liquid plant food a couple of times. The hummingbirds love it!! --- even more than the adjacent salvias. I don't know yet if it will winter over in the pot outside. My patio is probably zone 6-7.

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderful little cardinal plant!!!!

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              from Lampasas, TEXAS!

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              • Attractive
              • 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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