Stems usually unbranched below the flowers with a sticky hairyness. The opposite leaves are up to 5" long and 3" wide. Red flowers appear in summer and can last through fall. Each flower has a 1"-long tubular, 5-toothed calyx covered with sticky hairs.Photo by Kathy Kendrick.
Interesting Notes A stand out in the perennial garden. The royal red flowers add a bright spot to the summer border.
Growing Tips Blooms over along period in July and August. Plant it in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun.
Uncommon and local in dry to mesic prairies and open oak savannas: scattered in the southern tallgrass region, from southeast Kansas and southern Missouri to Ohio, and northern parts of Illinois and Indiana.