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Willow Dells - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Ipomopsis aggregata - scarlet gilia

Other Common Names: skyrocket, skyrocket gilia
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Polemoniaceae

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Willow Dells
Flower bud
Willow Dells
Willow Dells
Plant - summer
Willow Dells
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Biennial   Similar Species: Penstemon barbatus
General Desc: Basal leaves with a single stem topped by red, trumpet-shaped flowers. A rosette of leaves is produced the first year. The second year the plant sends up a tall stem and blooms.
Height: Up to 3 feet


Habitat Description: Roadsides and openings in coniferous forests.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5000 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bright red to red-orange     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Flowers are funnel shaped with 5 flaring and pointed lobes that are mottled by a cream color. The flowers are found on short branches coming off of the main stem and tend to be on one side of the branches.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Dissected     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are mostly basal. Leaves smell skunky if bruised. Stems have short glandular hairs. Leaves have short hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green turning to brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule

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