Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
2-3 ft. H X 1-1.5 ft. W
Orange (or reddish) flower consists of 4 petals hanging downward and a crown of 5 incurved horns. Many flowers are borne in a loose, wide cluster.
Bloom Time Notes:
Linear to oblong to lanceolate. Bottom of leaf is a lighter green then the top of the leaf. 2-4 inches long and 3/8 – ¾ inches wide.
Capsule that is elongate pointed pod containing flattened seeds with silk parachute.
Host plant for the monarch butterfly; flowers have good nectar for other pollinators too.
Open sunny areas like roadsides; drought tolerant once established.
Sun or Shade:
Colorful and showy when in bloom, may rebloom later in summer. Drought tolerant when established. Monarch caterpillars may defoliate but leaves will grow back if early enough in the season.