Like giant neon exclamation marks, the astonishingly brilliant scarlet red spikes of this Southeastern U.S. native are truly showstopping! Much admired and photographed here in the not-so-great-soil of our neglected parking lot, it bloomed repeatedly July thru October, sending up multiple ferny stems 2-4’ tall. Each spike lasts at least a month and the 1.5” tubular starry flowers enticed the local hummingbirds. Stunning cut flowers! Though not fussy about soil you’ll get a showier show in rich, well-draining soil. Drought tolerant once established, deer resistant and self-sows freely! Blooms first year if planted in Spring.