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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4 feet
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 60 days cold moist stratification
Suitable for wintersowing
Miscellaneous: Endangered: in several states (native wildflower)


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 8:42 AM

Royal Catchfly occurs on rocky and poor soil in thin woods, prairies, and thickets throughout its range in the central US and into Florida. It is rare or endangered in half of the states where it occurs. It is easy to spot when in flower for much of the summer. Growing to 4 feet or so, stout flower stalks bear dozens of brilliant crimson, star-shaped flowers about 1" wide that hummingbirds love. Plants look like very tall leafy Firepinks. Grow Royal Catchfly in average, well-drained soil.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jul 7, 2012 2:58 PM

5 narrow petals form a star-shape scarlet flower that abruptly flares outward from the long tubular calyx. Leaves have a fuzzy texture and smooth edges. Leaves on stem as opposite pairs rotate 90 degrees as they ascend the stem.
Root system - central taproot and short rhizomes; enables plant to spread vegetatively to form small colonies.
Attracts larger butterflies (black swallowtail) and hummingbirds (ruby-throated green).
Habitat - include mesic black soil prairies, openings in upland forests, savannas, scrubby barrens, and open areas along roadsides and railroads
In Illinois it is uncommon, even rare. Endangered status. In the wild can be found in some northern counties, counties around E St Louis, and a few counties in the central part of state.
I had some plants from the local wildflower society but they never got established. They are often re-introduced to wild prairie habitats.

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Posted by growitall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on Nov 24, 2012 12:48 PM

Hardy in zone 3 and useful for late, colourful bloom.

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