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Summer Cypress Bassia scoparia

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Kochia scoparia
Phonetic Spelling
BASS-ee-uh sko-PAIR-ee-uh
Description

Burning Bush is an annual plant native to Europe and Asia in the amaranth family.  Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained high organic matter soil.   It naturalizes and self-seeds easily.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#low maintenance#upright#self-seeding#naturalized area#fall color red
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#low maintenance#upright#self-seeding#naturalized area#fall color red
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Bassia
    Species:
    scoparia
    Family:
    Amaranthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Light green narrow feathery leaves 2"-3" long scarlet red fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Problems:
    Weedy