Soil: Mesic(Medium), Hydric (moist)
Sun: Full to Part
Color: Red, Yellow
Flowers: The flowers are 1″ long yellow tubes hidden in the red bracts.
Leaves: The basal leaves are un-toothed, elliptical and form rosettes. The stem leaves are stalkless.
This is a very showy annual wildflower that grows best on damp sandy soils. This plant is a semi-parasitic plant that needs to penetrate the roots of a host plant, usually grasses in order to survive. It does not like to be transplanted or moved in the garden, but can be transplanted successfully from a pot to the garden.
More Information: This plant is semi-parasitic and its roots attach to the roots of other plants. It is an annual or sometimes a biennial.
Other Names: Scarlet Paintbrush, Painted Cup