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Ipomopsis, Hummingbird Mix

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This refined Southwest American native makes a wonderful cut flower for the home gardener!

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Now you can enjoy the festive colors of this native Southwest annual regardless of where you garden. Breeders have refined this mix to near perfection. The range of colors is breathtaking in the garden as well as fresh bouquets. Plant in the back of the border or cutting garden because plants grow to 4 ft. tall. Narrow, upright plants can be spaced 10-12" apart in the garden. Grow in full sun in average, well-drained soil. You can sow directly in the garden after the last frost or start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost to get a jump on the season.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.


Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Feb-22 - Last Date: Mar-07
    First Date: May-09 - Last Date: May-16

How to Sow and Plant

Ipomopsis may be grown from seed sown early indoors or sown directly in the garden

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost using a seed starting kit
  • Sow thinly and evenly and cover with ¼ inch of seed-starting formula.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-15 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in well-drained soil and full sun after danger of frost.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with ¼ inch fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-15 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to stand about 12 inches apart starting when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • At the end of the season you may want to leave the spent flower stalks as plants sometimes will self sow.
  • Hummingbird magnet!
  • Plants are tall and narrow. Use at the back of beds and borders and in the cutting garden.
  • Blooms in late summer to fall.
  • Highly pest and disease resistant.
Full Sun
36-48 inches
6-8 inches
Ornamental Use
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Red, Yellow
Ipomopsis, Hummingbird Mix is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Haven’t had any blooms yet but I am in zone 6 and they came back up this spring. Hoping for blooms this year. The leaves are pretty and soft.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Biennial in 6b I started these from seed last year and transplanted in Late April. They produced softball sized clumps of showy leaves similar to chamomile. While the packet says annual, I have read elsewhere they are biennial, so was not disappointed that they only produced foliage the first year. I was amazed, however, that even with deep freezes over the winter, the Ipomopsis plants in my flower bed, as well as several that were potted, have survived, stayed mostly green, although were a bit dormant, and seem to be perking up with the onset of Spring. I am hoping to see them bloom this year, and have also started more from seed.. I'll post an update as the weather warms and plants progress.
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was so excited to grow this because it looks pretty but mostly I wanted to attract hummingbirds cause they are my favorite. Started from seeds indoors and they all germinated just fine. Planted them outside in June and now it’s the first of September and they are still the same size. Don’t understand why as everything else I planted grew just fine. Guess I will try this again next year and hope it does better. Really disappointed :(
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, long blooming annual Best started indoors in premium potting soil. I sow mine on a fine layer of Turface or granite grit.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very eye catching and a hummingbird magnet! I started these last year outside in small pots and transplanted to the garden. One bloomed last year and the rest survived the winter in Philadelphia and are now in full bloom and gorgeous. I only have red. No other colors, but that's fine with me. The humming birds love them and so does everyone who sees them.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ipomopsis bought seed from burpee, planted half in a pot, 4 seed came up very slow, other half in garden late. none came up
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did nothing, big disappointment Expectations not met at all, placed in good location , watered and nothing. Later read some reviews with the same results. No photo to add, no growth
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hummingbirds do like this Ipomopsis The hummingbirds did like this Ipomopsis. I started these seeds early indoors under fluorescent lights. They did bloom the same year (2013), but not all at the same time. Long bloom period. Mine were planted in morning sun, afternoon shade. Staking was necessary. The catalog photo shows the flower stalks in a vase.
Date published: 2013-12-29
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