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Redbirds In A Tree (Scrophularia)

Scrophularia macrantha
SKU: HC017809
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Overview
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. A David Salman Introduction. A 2008 Plant Select® selection.
key features
Botanical Name
Scrophularia macrantha
Advantages
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Long Bloom Time, Cut Flowers, Container Planting, Rock Gardens
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Soil Moisture
Waterwise
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Early summer to mid fall

Description

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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