Botanical family: Polemoniaceae

Number of plants found: 2    

Cobaea scandens, Cathedral Bells, Cup and Saucer Vine

Cobaea scandens

Cathedral Bells, Cup and Saucer Vine
Family: Polemoniaceae
Origin: Mexico
Vine or creeper plantFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Cobaea scandens, commonly known as Cathedral Bells, is a fast-growing, evergreen climber that can grow up to 10 ft tall. This plant has tendrils on its leaves and produces large, bell-shaped purple flowers during the summer months. It is often grown as an annual and is winter hardy in USDA zones 9-11.

For optimal growth, it is recommended to plant Cathedral Bells in a sunny location with a light, rich soil. This plant requires regular watering during the growing season, but the amount of water should be reduced in late summer or fall. Mulching can help retain soil moisture. To control the size and shape of the plant, pruning should be done in late winter.

In areas with cold temperatures, Cathedral Bells can be grown in a pot and placed in a sunny location. It is important to ensure that the soil remains evenly moist as the roots cannot tolerate dry conditions. After winter, the plant should be cut back to encourage new growth.

Cathedral Bells thrive in locations where it will have plenty of support, such as a fence or trellis. Additionally, this plant is attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

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Ipomopsis rubra, Gilia rubra, Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia

Ipomopsis rubra, Gilia rubra

Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae
Origin: North America
USDA Zone: 6-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Ipomopsis rubra, more commonly known as Standing Cypress, is a North American native plant belonging to the phlox family. The herbaceous biennial is a perennial in warm areas and grown as an annual in cold regions. It can reach a height of 2-5 ft tall, showcasing red and crimson vinous flowers that are highly attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.

For optimum plant care, Standing Cypress needs some specific requirements to ensure growth and flowering. It is best to plant it in an area with full sun to semi-shade with regular water and moderate irrigation. In cooler regions, it is recommended to cultivate the plant in a pot where it can be brought indoors during winter and can still be enjoyed all year round.

Provide soil with an adequately balanced fertilizer and make sure it is well aerated. Deadheading the flowers can encourage more blooming and also help to keep the plant looking neat and tidy. Standing Cypress will also benefit from regular pruning; this will keep it looking compact as well as promoting more robust growth.

Overall, Ipomopsis rubra is a stunning plant with vivid and magnificent flowers that will add a splash of colour to any garden and attract a host of beneficial wildlife. With the right care, Standing Cypress is a delight to grow in USDA Zone 6-9 and is sure to bring lots of joy.

Ipomopsis rubra, Gilia rubra, Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia
Ipomopsis rubra, Gilia rubra, Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia
Ipomopsis rubra, Gilia rubra, Standing Cypress, Scarlet Gilia

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