Here in Portland, it emerges in spring and can be 7-8 feet tall by the end of summer. The plant itself stays only a few feet tall, but the flower spikes get quite tall over time. It does have a nice coarse texture which is a nice contrast to other plants too and it enjoys its home in hot full sun.
In fall, I just let it die back and then cover the crown with bark for the winter. It does leave a big hole in the flowerbed when it is sleeping though as it takes up a lot of room when growing.
The Hummers are very territorial in my yard and fight over this plant constantly. There is one that has a lookout in a neighboring Camellia and will fight off any other Hummer that comes near it.
|I'm 6'2", the blooms get very tall by September.|