Last year on a garden tour one of the gardens had a magnificent display of standing cypress, Ipomopsis rubra. I think I had shied away from this plant because it is a biennial and its feathery first year growth would get lost among my garden bullies.
Then the removal of several branches of my Spanish bayonet yucca left me in need of a plant that would grow tall among the remaining yucca stalks.
I didn't actively seek out the standing cypress but found their pretty rosettes of green feathery leaves in 4" pots in the fall. I bought 3 and planted them in the newly opened space. I wish I had been here a few weeks ago when all the spikes were in flower. Most have now gone to seed.
Among the stand of reds is one yellow spike. Apparently this is not unusual and in a field of reds there will always be a few yellows. Out of three plants I think I got lucky.
With all those seed heads I wonder what my chances are of them showing up again next year.....or will it be the year after that. In any event I think I will look for plants in the fall and may scatter some of the seed heads outside.
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