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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Penstemon eatonii Gray
Firecracker penstemon, Eaton's penstemon
USDA Symbol: PEEA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This perennialís striking feature is its scarlet flowers. Five to ten long, narrow, tubular blossoms top each of the numerous 2 ft. high stems. Leaves are tough, leathery, and deep green, arranged in pairs along the coarse, purplish stems.
Firecracker Penstemon attracts hummingbirds to its tubular red flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , UT Native Distribution:
S.w. CO & UT to c. AZ & s.w. CA Native Habitat:
Mesas; fields; roadsides; dry, rocky slopes at lower elevations USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: This drought tolerant plant is excellent for dry, gravelly banks and background plantings.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Firecracker penstemon attracts hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Most successfully propagated by stratified seed, although root division in late fall is possible.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Stratify at 40 degrees for 1-2 months before planting.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2010-07-23
Research By: TWC Staff