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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Penstemon centranthifolius (Benth.) Benth.
USDA Symbol: PECE2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The basal leaves of this penstemon, are arrayed on many subwoody branches and are broadly spoon-shaped and gray-green. Few, erect, sparsely leafy stems have bright red, nearly radially symmetrical, tubular flowers in a long, narrow, but open cluster near the top. The stout flowering stalks rise as high as 3 ft. or more with dozens of showy, trumpet-shaped, bright red flowers.
In certain situations this species will produce extensive, nearly solid patches of brilliant red. The nearly radially symmetrical corollas are unusual.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges from Lake to San Diego Cos., CA Native Habitat:
Dry slopes below 6500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification but it is not necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff