Friday, February 2, 2007

Standing Cypress in Iowa

Standing Cypress is a Biennial that is not supposed to grow further north than zone 6, they grow well in my zone 4 garden, the seeds were given to me several years ago, the first year they are only about an inch tall, very feathery and easy to pull up until you recognize them, the second year is when they reach their glory, they get about 5-6 feet tall with a large flower spike. I had some yellow ones at one time but have not seen a yellow in my garden in about 5 years. I see some yellow ones at a house I drive by on my way to work each summer, I wonder what they would do if I stopped and begged for some seeds of the yellows :)? Once they get started they self seed.


Jenn said...

I didn't know ipomopsis was a biennial. I've bought seeds that bloomed the first year, and reseeded themselves.

The hummingbirds ADORE this plant!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Yes the hummingbirds do love this plant, what zone do you garden in? Maybe that is why yours bloom the first year?

This is what Select Seeds catalog says about them, their catalog was the first one I found that sold the seeds and I think they have only offered the seeds for the past year or two.

Native to southern areas. Masses of brilliant red and occasionally yellow tubular flowers on tall stems. The foliage is needle-like. Grow in sandy, well-drained, sweet soil. Listed in an 1894 catalog. Self sows. Biennial often grown as an annual.

Biennial; 4-6 ft tall
Color: Red
Full sun
Soil: Regular, well-drained
Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9
Hummingbird favorite!

They have a picture that is much better than mine also.

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