Penstemon eatonii A. Gray
Firecracker penstemon, Eaton's penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEEA
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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
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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
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
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 eatonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon eatonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-07-23
Research By: TWC Staff