A very beautiful wildflower with orange-red, bright flowers in the summer – as a matter of fact, they are leafy bracts disposed in dense terminal inflorescences. Considered a biennial species; in most cases after flowering/setting seeds the plant will die and populations are maintained by the newly germinated seeds.
I think it looks spectacular in any combinations; best included in prairie and natural meadow plantings, or a ‘mountain meadow’ imitation.
Germination: Not easy to grow from seeds, but not impossible. Some indicate it as a warm germinator but of course it can also be sown outdoors in late fall.
Like other Orobanchaceae it is a hemiparasitic plant and its roots will attach to and absorb water and minerals from the roots of nearby plants. Various studies found that it is easy to cultivate if grown especially in combination with other grasses, perennials that usually grow in the same habitat (Schizachyrium, Sisyrinchium….).
You can read more about it on this post – Gone with the wind.