Standing Cypress - Scarlet Gilia
Spanish Larkspur
Ipomopsis rubra - Linnaeus) Wherry
Polemoniaceae (Phlox) Family


This is an upright, hairy biennial from a rosette the first year and a coarse stem the second year. Its preferred habitat is sandy soil in roadside thickets, and stream edges. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, no teeth and no lobes, sessile or nearly so, pinnately divided into linear segments about 1/16 inch wide and 2 or 3 inches long.

The flowers are panicle, bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The calyx is 5-lobed and the corolla is funnel shaped, also 5-lobed and red, often marked with red spots in a yellow background along the throat. There will be 5 stamens that extend slightly beyond the carolla. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

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