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Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, prefers a fertile well-drained sandy loam, moderately acid to neutral pH. 1-2 ft. height, blooms in summer, orange flowers, slow re-seeder.
Germination Code: C(30)
Native Region: Statewide
One of the showiest native wildflowers. Colorful, hardy, long-lived and carefree. Slow to emerge in spring. Has a deep tap root and resents disturbance. Blooms for 8 to 10 weeks or more. Should only be planted on upland sites because does not do well in poorly drained soils. Some seed companies offer an uncommon strain called a “clay buster” which is native to clay soils. Attracts butterflies and bees, particularly a Monarch butterfly magnet.