Quick Plant Care Guides: Planting Seeds and Growing Standing Cypress Ipomopsis
About Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis Rubra)
Standing cypress (Ipomopsis rubra) is an annual wildflower found all across AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI as well as in parts of Canada. This plant may be found in other areas outside this range. Standing cypress grows tall, to six feet or more and has an upright habit making is a good candidate for background plantings as well as for use as a living screen. This plant attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, honeybees and other beneficial pollinators. The seeds are attractive to all sorts of wildlife.
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How To Grow Standing Cypress
Culture: Background plantings, as a screen, insect/animal
food. Reported to grow indoors as a houseplant.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 to 10 (annual, perennial or biennial)
Soil: Adaptable. Moist, well-drained, dry and rocky.
Feeding: Bloom enhancing fertilizers
Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
What To Do
Sow seeds, covering them with a light layer of soil. No more than one-quarter inch is deep enough. In warm climates, sow in the fall; colder climates should sow after all danger of frost has passed in the spring. Start indoors in a greenhouse to get a jump on the growing season.
Broadcast the seeds or plant in neat or staggered rows. Keep soil moist until seeds germinate and plantlets have several inches of growth. Once several inches of growth appear; mulch well to retain the soils’ moisture. Remove spent stalks to encourage new blossoms.
Standing cypress colors include red, orange, yellow and a mix of these shades. The foliage is ferny with an airy feel and look. This growth habit makes standing cypress great for adding soft mass to gardens. Relatively pest-free.