Standing Cypress, also known as Gilia rubra, is a beautiful species that is easy to grow and a great for attracting hummingbirds. The stiff stems of this sparsely-leaved biennial can reach 6 ft. tall. The showy, red-orange, tubular flowers, are marked with orange or yellowish spots inside. Flowers are arranged in a thick spike, opening from the tip of the stem downward. A fall seeding recommended with no stratification necessary. Be sure the seeds are in good contact with the soil by lightly raking the seed into loose topsoil. Since it is a biennial, it is recommended that you plant two consecutive years in order to produce flowering stalks each year. The first year of growth will produce a rosette of ferny leaves with the flower stalk forming the second year.
Removing spent flower stalks will encourage new stalks. Optimum germination temperature is 65F-68F.
Color: Red, Orange
Climate: Sun/P. Shade-Medium/Dry
Planting rate: 1oz./150 sq ft.
Bloom Time: Spring-Summer
Germination: 14-30 days