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The brilliant red flowers of this mint family member grows 2'-4' tall and is a hummingbird favorite. Square stems hold the aromatic leaves that are oval, pointed and serrated. Red bracts hold the scarlet flowers that bloom mid to late summer. Bee Balm enjoys damp to moist conditions and partial shade. A common name for this herb is Oswego-tea.
The striking golden-orange to yellow petals of this flower open in the sunshine and close when cloudy or a night. A tender perennial in zones 8-10 and a hardy annual in zones 7-3 it will bloom spring to fall and grow to 2'. The State flower of California, it enjoys plenty of sunshine and well drained soils and adapts to most garden conditions.
The brilliant red flowers of this plant typically grow on a single stem with alternating leaves. The flower is usually 1 1/2 inches in size and has 2 erect lobes on the upper lip and 3 pointed on the lower lip. It's not uncommon to see a hole chewed through the base of their tubes by bumblebees that have taken a shortcut to the nectar. The Cardinal Flower is a plant of damp or wet soils but will adapt to normal garden conditions. This perennial wildflower is hardy to zone 4 and will grow to a height of 1-4 feet. Plants from seed will usually bloom the second year. A hummingbird favorite!
This beautiful flower has red showy, drooping, bell-like flowers with yellow tube centers that contain nectar. It's a hardy native perennial that reaches a height of 1'-2' and will do well in sun or shade. A deep root system helps mature plants endure dry spells but seedlings need moisture to become established. Hardy in zones 3-8 Columbine blooms mid spring to early summer. A wonderful addition to a native planting that is a favorite of hummingbirds.
|Coreopsis, Dwf Red Plains
Coreopsis tinctoria red (dwf)
This dainty little plant will burst alive in the spring, covered with mahogany-red flowers. An annual that reseeds and is native to the central midwest and will grow well in various soils. It grows 1'-2' in height, blooms May thru August and does well in sunny to partial shade.
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