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Jupiter’s Beard is known for its almost nonstop blooming ability and its extreme drought-tolerance. This semi-woody perennial forms dense clusters of brightly colored flowers from late spring until fall. Jupiter’s Beard makes a wonderful cut flower because of its long vase life and prolific blossoms.
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1 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet wide
Jupiter's Beard Flowers
Most commonly found with bright glowing red blossoms, Jupiter's Beard may also display pink, white, or even blue flowers that attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds. Jupiter's Beard blossoms boast a long bloom period. Flowers begin appearing in late spring or early summer, and numerous clusters of tiny flowers bloom until frost.
Jupiter's Beard Care
One of the big advantages of Jupiter's Beard is its extreme drought-tolerance. Native to Mediterranean areas, these plants need well-drained soil in order to thrive. They are extremely tolerant of poor soil, even clay, as long as they are allowed to dry out. Similar to other Mediterranean plants, Jupiter's Beard prefers alkaline soil. If you are hoping to plant this perennial in more acidic soil, it will be beneficial to include some limestone to create a more hospitable area for Jupiter's Beard to grow.
Jupiter's Beard prefers a hot, full sun that helps ensure it can dry out between waterings. In soil that remains moist, the hot sun allows the soil to dry out and prevent crown rot, which can be common in moist soil. Full sun also encourages the best blossoms and nice sturdy plants.
In many garden settings, Jupiter's Beard is considered quite invasive, almost to the point of being weedy. Because of the weedy habit, it is best to deadhead flowers once they have finished blooming. This helps prevent the spread of this plant from their fluffy, almost dandelion-like seed heads. Later in the summer, plants may begin to look a little ragged and may benefit from a good pruning. This can also help to produce a second round of blossoms on plants.
Jupiter's Beard is an easy plant to start from scratch and also easy to divide to share with friends. The seeds are easy to start, either by planting directly in the ground or indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost. It is best to divide Jupiter's Beard in early spring just as the new foliage emerges. Dividing older plants can be tricky as they develop woody bases.