Ipomopsis rubra

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Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 (6) ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Biennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Biennial. Winter dormant. Blooms summer-early fall.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Informal garden planting.
Considerations:Can become weedy.
Propagation:Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Attracts  hummingbirds.


Attracts butterflies.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Open, ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:In a 2020 study of salt in irrigation water (https://journals.ashs.org/hortsci/view/journals/hortsci/55/7/article-p1119.xml), this species was found to be moderately tolerants of salt (at concentrations considered to be brackish) in the rooting medium.  Plant survival and health were better at lower salt concentrations.  Salt wind tolerance was based on known occurrences of this plant in near-shore, open areas near the east coast of Florida.