Hardiness: USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Coral/Apricot Pale Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
On Oct 19, 2010, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant can easily be propagated. I take the seeds just as soon as the seed head is ready to drop seeds. I then plant the seeds shallow in a pot, keep watered. In very hot 100 degree weather I put a plastic dome over the top to ensure the soil doesn't dry out. Within two weeks they will germinate. They look like grass blades when germinated.
On Jun 7, 2009, BrindaS from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
On 4/24/09, I ordered three 4 in pots of Prairie Sunset for $11 each pot from Southern Bulb Co. The info online said 3 bulbs per pot, but they were bursting open with 15 - 18 bulbs per pot! I had my first bloom today - beautiful! I am in zone 8a.
Bought a small specimen of this plant 8/4/2007. Planted it near a water dish for the critters. There wasn't a sign of it all winter and today 3/16/08 I noticed a small clump of it all bright & green. I am going to move it as it doesn't stand a chance with the critters especially bunnies.
* In March moved to a flower pot as noted above, placed under a tree where it receives morning and late day sun and light shade during the hottest part of the day. Blooms opened 7/14/08. Lovely flower. Hope to plant it in the ground near a small water feature but have to figure out how to protect it from the rabbits.
Prairie Sunset is a prolific bloomer, makes a colorful community pot. Color will fade to whipped cream in intense sun.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mesa, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Jan Phyl Village, Florida Niceville, Florida Williston, Florida Trout, Louisiana Elephant Butte, New Mexico Eagle Mountain, Texas Lucas, Texas Missouri City, Texas New Chapel Hill, Texas