Penstemon centranthifolius (Benth.) Benth.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PECE2
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon centranthifolius in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon centranthifolius in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon centranthifolius
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff