Ipomopsis rubra
Wherry's Standing Cypress

Ipomopsis rubra
Ipomopsis rubra

Ipomopsis rubra
photos, Renee Brecht
Holmgren, Noel
Botanical name: Ipomopsis rubra
Common name: Wherry's Standing Cypress
Synonomy: Gilia rubra (L.) Heller
Group: dicot
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: Biennial, though it may behave as an annual under certain conditions.
Origin: native to midwestern- and southeastern U.S.
Plant height: 1 meter or more
Foliage: Tall, simple stemmed, leaves crowded and heavily dissected.
Flower: 2.5 - 3.5 cm, red, a spike of lipped tubular flowers, Corolla slenderly funnelform.
Flowering time: June-August
Habitat: dry, sandy soils, rather drought tolerant; usually in full sun
Range in New Jersey: Unusual find in NJ; found within Manumuskin watershed.
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. I. rubra is generally found in the southeastern United States. The Manumuskin population is believed to have been brought in accidentally via rail.
The flowers of I. rubra attract humming birds.