Nyctaginia Species, Devil's Bouquet, Scarlet Musk-Flower

Nyctaginia capitata

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nyctaginia (nyk-ta-JEE-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: capitata (kap-ih-TAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Deciduous

Shiny/Glossy

Succulent

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Suitable for growing in containers

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Red

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are showy

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona

Laredo, Texas

Midland, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Uvalde, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 25, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant but have observed it in its native habitat. Devil's bouquet, scarlet musk-flower (Nyctaginia capitata) is the only species in the Nyctaginia genus. It is an upright to sprawling, tuberous rooted (parsley-like) perennial that attains a height of between 6 and 18 inches. It is a native to New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Len). Some online sources state that it is an annual; however, most of my native plant references and the USDA PlantFiles state that it is a perennial. In Texas, it can be found in loamy, sandy or calcareous soils of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains regions in full to partial sun. It is usually observed growing on arid grasslands, old fields, upland woodlands, shrub-l... read more

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