Scrophularia macrantha (Red Birds in a Tree) is a rare perennial 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.
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
HC017810 HC014735 (Plant - 2.5" Pot) - Out of stock. HC017809 (Plant - 5" Deep Pot)
Redbirds In A Tree
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Early summer to mid fall
Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Rabbit Resistant
Plant Select, Green Thumb
West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships To Canada
Scrophularia macrantha (Red Birds in a Tree) is a long-blooming native wildflower that is easy-to-grow and provides ample nectar for hummingbirds. It's resistant to browsing rabbits.
Preferred growing conditions:
Scophularia grows will in a wide range of soil types, but not clay.
It should be mulched in dry climates with crushed gravel, pine needles and other non-water retentive mulch materials like crushed pecan shells. Avoid bark mulch and wood chips, as these can cause fungal disease in rainy conditions.
Requires deep, regular watering in dry climates.
Plant in full or part sun conditions. Afternoon shade is best in hotter climates. Full sun with regular irrigation is fine in moderately hot summer regions.
Adding just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. Avoid rich, highly -mended soil as this encourages rapid, soft growth and the plant will likely not make it through the winter.
Scrophularia is not a long lived perennial and gardeners should expect to replace old plants every 3 to 4 years. It is a star of the garden and well worth the investment.
Avoid chemical fertilizers and too much water, as this will cause the plant to grow quite large and floppy, reducing winter hardiness and shortening its lifespan in the garden.
Fertilize Scrophularia just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II
To improve cold hardiness, leave plants standing through the winter and cut back the stems to a height of 2-3" inches in mid-spring.
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